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
And I concluded that in this case the best-placed candidates for an Atlantis beyond the Pillars of Hercules
could be no other than the present-day British Isles.
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.
The ancient Greeks and Romans credited Hercules with the creation of Gibraltar by splitting apart the Northern Mons Calpa (Gibraltar) from Mons Alba (Mountain in Southern Morocco) - hence these two mounts are now known as the Pillars of Hercules
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.
Apparently, Atlantis lay on the pillars of Hercules
(the Straits of Gibraltar), outside the Med in the Atlantic, to the west of Spain.
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.
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
In the meantime, all of his attention is dedicated to his farm, called The Pillars of Hercules
For the record the limestone mountain 1,400 ft high was well known in ancient times as the Pillars of Hercules
, guarding the entrance to the Mediterranean and its present name is an Anglicised version of its Moorish name, more than 1,000 years old, Gebel el Tarik (Mountain of Tarik).
I found a pub called The Pillars of Hercules
, which is still there on Greek Street.