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A new mythology for writers

To the ancients, the Strait of Gibraltar marked the very end of the world. There stood the mythological Pillars of Hercules. And the pillars had a stark warning chiseled on their sides: "Nec plus ultra" "Nothing further beyond." Even Hercules himself did not venture beyond the Strait, and the words were a warning meant for sailors. The world ends here. Hundreds of years later, Charles V, the ruler of the Holy Roman Empire in the 1500s flipped that warning on its head and adopted the opposite statement as his personal motto: "Plus Oultre." That translates as "The Great Beyond," or "More Beyond." Charles V (who also served as the Spanish Emperor, Charles I) adopted the motto at the urging of his doctor and advisor Luigi Marliano....

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