Pillars of Hercules
(The). The opposite rocks at the entrance of the Mediterranean
Sea, one in Spain and the other on the African continent. The tale is
that they were bound together till Hercules tore them asunder in order
to get to Gades (Cadiz). The ancients called them Calpe and Abyla; we
call them Gibraltar Rock and Mount Hacho, on which stands the fortress
of Ceuta (Kutah).
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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