Pillars of Hercules

Greek - Rocks set at the entrance to the Mediterranean by Hercules en route to seize the cattle of Geryon, now. Gibraltar and Ceuta. One version says that the world was saucer-shaped with a rocky wall all round to keep out Ocean, the surrounding river. Geryon had climbed over the wall and swum to his island retreat and Hercules, searching for him on his fifth Labour, battered a gap in the wall and sailed through. The exposed sides of the gap are the Pillars of Hercules, now the Straits of Gibraltar. On occassion, referred to as Pillars of Hercules, Herculis columnae, Herculis columnae, Herculis Columnae or Herculis Columnae.

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