Name

Pytheas

Career

Mariner

Occupation 1

Greek resident of Marseilles

Occupation 2

Atlantic mariner

Identifier

Sailed westward into Atlantic

Region

Europe

Era

Ancient/Medieval (to 1350)

Born

350 BCE

Died

300 BCE

Text

4th-Century BC Greek living in Southern France (today's Marseilles), reported to have sailed into the Atlantic from west coast of France, then up into the English Channel, returning to Marseilles through the Straits of Gibraltar. He reported on the tidal fluctuations in his lost treatise On the Ocean

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