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Pil·lars of Hercules

 (pĭl′ərz)
The ancient name for two promontories at the eastern end of the Strait of Gibraltar and the entrance to the Mediterranean Sea. They are usually identified as Gibraltar in Europe and Jebel Musa in North Africa.

Pillars of Hercules

pl n
(Placename) the two promontories at the E end of the Strait of Gibraltar: the Rock of Gibraltar on the European side and the Jebel Musa on the African side; according to legend, formed by Hercules

Pil′lars of Her′cules


n.pl.
the two promontories on either side of the eastern end of the Strait of Gibraltar, the Rock of Gibraltar in Europe and the Jebel Musa in Africa.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Pillars of Hercules - the two promontories at the eastern end of the Strait of Gibraltar; according to legend they were formed by Hercules
Calpe, Gibraltar, Rock of Gibraltar - location of a colony of the United Kingdom on a limestone promontory at the southern tip of Spain; strategically important because it can control the entrance of ships into the Mediterranean; one of the Pillars of Hercules
Abila, Abyla, Jebel Musa - a promontory in northern Morocco opposite the Rock of Gibraltar; one of the Pillars of Hercules
Strait of Gibraltar - the strait between Spain and Africa
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Pillars of Hercules

n the Pillars of Hercules (Geog) → le Colonne d'Ercole
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The steep shores of the Mediterranean favoured the beginners in one of humanity's most daring enterprises, and the enchanting inland sea of classic adventure has led mankind gently from headland to headland, from bay to bay, from island to island, out into the promise of world-wide oceans beyond the Pillars of Hercules.
The ancients considered the Pillars of Hercules the head of navigation and the end of the world.
The ancient Greeks believed Gibraltar was on the edge of the world and to sail beyond the Pillars of Hercules was sure to lead to certain death.
There was also time for a snorkel beneath the Pillars of Hercules, limestone formations in the cliffs.
A half-day excursion on board Captain Anderson's vessel took us around English Harbour and Rendezvous Bay, and included sights such as Nelson's Dockyard, Falmouth Harbour and the Pillars of Hercules, as well as the island's rainforest.
7) A discussion of the Pillars of Hercules and the founding of Barcelona will further problematize the city's role in divulging the knight's exploits.
THE sights and sounds of not just two countries but two different continents, divided by the Pillars of Hercules.
THE sights and sounds of not just two countries, but two different continents, divided by the Pillars of Hercules.
Helios dismounts somewhere in the Ocean stream, beyond the Pillars of Hercules, and boards there a golden winged cup.
lt;/pre> <p>RECALL the magical way in which Primo Levi, going with Pikolo to get a pot of soup a kilometre away from Auschwitz, recited and translated for his Alsatian friend the wonderful passage (also commented on by Mandelstam in his Conversations about Dante) from Canto XXVI of the Inferno in which Ulysses ventures beyond the Pillars of Hercules, inviting his companions and readers, and the prisoners, to recognize that fatti non foste a viver come bruti: "you were not made to live like brutes.
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.