The History of Leith

October 11, 2006

Pytheas

it is odd to think of Scotland having been discovered just like Australia or America. But that is what happened and the person to do it was Pytheas. See below from “Wikipedia”

“Pytheas (Πυθέας, c. 380 – c. 310 BC) was a Greek merchant, geographer and explorer from the Greek colony Massalia (today Marseille). He made a voyage of exploration to northwestern Europe around 325 BC. He traveled around a considerable part of Great Britain, circumnavigating it between 330 and 320 BC. Pytheas is the first person on record to describe the Midnight Sun, the aurora and Polar ice, and the first to mention the name Britannia and Germanic tribes.”

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