Ladon was the serpent-like dragon who was twisted and twined in the Garden of the Hesperides and guarded the golden apples in Greek mythology, who was one of the many children of Typhon and Echidna. Heracles had to defeat it in order to accomplish one of his 12 labors. He was killed with a bow and arrow by Heracles. The following day, Jason and the Argonauts passed by on their chthonic return journey from Colchis, hearing the lament of "shining" Aegle, one of the four Hesperides, and viewing the still-twitching Ladon. In an alternate version of the myth, Ladon is never slain, and Heracles instead gets the Titan god Atlas to retrieve the apples. At the same time, Heracles takes Atlas’ place, holding up the sky.