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Pillars of Hercules

Question: Where is The Pillars of hercules?  (Voting closed: April 12, 2007, 05:22:48 pm)
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« on: May 14, 2007, 01:15:36 pm »

P. Vergilius Maro, Aeneid, line 243[262] ‘Protei columnas’ on the analogy of “Herculis columnae,” for the extremity of Egypt. For Proteus see Od. 4. 351 foll., and for the rationalized form ...
Nägelsbach (quoted by Buchholz, Hom. Real. iii. 1. § Cool connects the myth of Atlas with the western voyages of the Phaenician traders beyond the pillars of Hercules, who jealously concealed (cp. Kalupsô = the concealer) the distant sources of their wealth from other voyagers. He sees in the epithet oloophrôn an allusion to the greediness and piracies of this seafaring folk. Atlas, with Calypso, in the West will then answer to Proteus and Eidothea ( Od.4. 384 foll.) in the East, and we may compare the Protei columnae (Virg. Aen. 11. 262) with the Herculis columnae at the Straits of Gibraltar.

Note: Pliny refers to "columnae" as islands off of Africa.
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