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- Sep 9, 2016
- Somewhere in the western U.S.
On ancient maps many places were called Pillars of Hercules. That name was attached to several narrow straits with high headlands on either side. The most famous one, and the one that stuck, was Gibraltar, but some old maps also show the Straits of Messina, Hormuz, and Dardanelles with the same name. Plato states the story was told to him by his grandfather, who in turn heard it from Egyptian priests. This supports the Santorini hypothesis, as the Thera explosion is well recorded in Egyptian hieroglyphics.