Pillars of Hercules

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Pillars of Hercules,

ancient mythological name for promontories flanking the east entrance to the Strait of Gibraltar. They are usually identified with Gibraltar in Europe and with Mt. Acha at Ceuta in Africa. The Jebel Musa (W of Ceuta) is also considered one of the pillars. They are also referred to as the Gates of Hercules.
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Pillars of Hercules

promontories at the sides of Straits of Gibraltar; once the limit of man’s travel. [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 110]
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