In 1516 when Charles was proclaimed king of Castile and was inducted into the Order of the Golden Fleece, he assumed the device of the Pillars of Hercules
To the ancient Greeks and Romans, the huge 1,300ft-high lump of limestone was one of the two pillars of Hercules
- the other was Mt Jebel Musa across the strait in Morocco - which formed the edge of the known world.
At Europa Point, the southernmost point in Gib, you can stare across to North Africa and the mountain of Jebel Musa which along with Gibraltar's Rock makes up the two ancient Pillars of Hercules
Originally it was a passage from Plato, who mentions in his dialogues an Egyptian priest who--to give just the bare bones--is supposed to have talked to Solon about an ancient civilization on the island of Atlantis beyond the Pillars of Hercules
, a civilization that, in very far-off times, was said to have come close to conquering the whole of Europe, only to disappear eventually under the sea.
Plato wrote, "There was an island situated in front of the Pillars of Hercules
(see map); the island was larger than Libya and Asia put together.
Having ascended the three tiers of seating the views of the surrounding area were magnificent with the Pillars of Hercules
, forming part of the Citadel--or Jebel Al Qala'a as its known to the locals--to the west and the Kings Palace to the north.
In The Pillars of Hercules
, what seems most satisfying to Theroux's narrator are moments of barrenness and silence: what he seeks is the emptiness of the open sea, the off-season in Nice, the empty ferry.
It also explores some of the mysteries of the notes, such as the dollar symbol itself--could the two columns entwined with an S represent the pillars of Hercules
depicted on old pieces of eight?
But as Theroux has written, in The Pillars of Hercules
, "all that jauntiness seems like boasting to me, and dishonest boasting too, since the writers must be hiding so much misery"; and in Granta fourteen years ago, "I had done enough travelling to know that half of it was delay or nuisance--buses breaking down and hotel clerks being rude and market traders being rapacious.
What Sonchis told Solon was the story of Atlantis--a land beyond the Pillars of Hercules
which submerged under the sea after a terrible cataclysm.
FROM the sun-baked balcony of Rooftops Sports Cafe in Estepona, you could, if you gazed westwards towards Gibraltar last weekend, make out the mighty Pillars of Hercules
rising imposingly in the distant mist.
83) Like Ulysses in the Inferno, who tirelessly urges his men westward through the Pillars of Hercules
and eventually to their demise, the heroic spirit of the Stuart church is hard to keep at home, at court, or in spirit.
Paul Theroux has mellowed between the Pillars of Hercules
, even allowing a wry smile at his own image as travel writer basher second only to Evelyn Waugh.
Other accounts include a return by the same route as they came, sailing east up the Phasis to the world-encircling river Ocean, then southwest to Africa and overland to the Mediterranean (Pindar's version) and sailing up the Phasis, through Russia, and over northern sea routes past Britain and through the Pillars of Hercules
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