Post by kartadolofonos on Dec 16, 2007 14:00:32 GMT -5
The Pillars of Hercules is the ancient name given to the promontories that flank the entrance to the Strait of Gibraltar. They are Gibraltar in Europe and Monte Hacho in Ceuta in Africa. The Jebel Musa, west of Ceuta, in Morocco, is sometimes considered one of the Pillars.
The Pillars of Hercules has its origin in Greek mythology as the Pillars of Heracles which is the indefinite name of the ancient Greek hero Hercules (Which is also the more famous name of the mythical hero).
There are also rumours from Plato's quotations that beyond the Pillars of Heracles lay the lost city of Atlantis.
When Hercules had to perform twelve labours, one of them was to fetch the Cattle of Geryon in Spain and bring it to Eurystheus. On his way to the island of Erytheia he had to cross the mountain that was once Atlas. Instead of climbing the great mountain, he cut corners and put his mind to work. He decided to use his great strength to smash through the colossal mountain that used to be a colossal giant. Hercules split it in half using his indestructible mace or club (Myths vary). By doing so, he connected the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea and formed the Strait of Gibraltar. One part of the split mountain is Gibraltar and the other is Monte Hacho. These two mountains taken together have since then been known as the Pillars of Hercules or Heracles.
BUT there was a Pillars of Hercules much closer to Greece!
It lays between the twin capes of Maleas and Taenarum. The southernmost points of the Peleponnese. Maleas is the tip of Mani while Taenarum is the Southeast tip of the Peleponnese just north of the Island of Kythera.
Post by kartadolofonos on Dec 16, 2007 20:07:12 GMT -5
The Pillars of Heracles is much closer to Greece yeah right but Greece was not the only Location
It is known that Libya, Egypt, Tyrrhenia and Greece were ALL within the Columns of Herakles. The "pillars of Herakles", given the limits of Libya (surely similar geographically to modern Libya) and Terrine (Thera), were thus at the "bottleneck" of the Mediterranean between today's Tunisia and the island of Sicily. Many presume Plato's Libya referred to all of the north-African coast and the entrance to the Strait of Gibraltar etc....
ulf: There was volcano in Italy that shake the plates, and because this area lies on the rift between Eurasian and African tectonic plates it can be felt there. For the same reason earthquake near Crete occured hours ago.
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