pytheas sailed past the mouth of the Elbe, noting the amber cast upon the shore by the high spring tides.
pytheas, who discovered the British Isles, was "a great mathematician."
pytheas being a victor in the Isthmian games went to Pindar and asked him how much he would charge to write an ode in his praise.
But it is evident that pytheas had more than this business motive for his journey.
Many of the other orators ridiculed him for this, and pytheas in derision said that his arguments smelt of the lamp.
Cleomedes also tells us that pytheas is said to have been in Thule.
This is undoubtedly the same idea that we find in his contemporary Diodorus Siculus, and is derived from pytheas.
It is, therefore, impossible to decide what pytheas himself said.
To this Demosthenes made the bitter retort, “My lamp, pytheas, sees very different work from yours.”
An earlier explorer than pytheas was Himilco, the Carthaginian.