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  1. 4th century bc, Greek navigator. He was the first Greek to visit and describe the coasts of Spain, France, and the British Isles and may have reached Iceland
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  • Pytheas, who discovered the British Isles, was "a great mathematician."

    A Book of Discovery

    Margaret Bertha (M. B.) Synge

  • Pytheas said that Thule was six days' sail north of Britain.

    A Book of Discovery

    Margaret Bertha (M. B.) Synge

  • But it is evident that Pytheas had more than this business motive for his journey.

  • First, that the country spoken of by Pytheas was inhabited (by barbarians).

  • Cleomedes also tells us that Pytheas is said to have been in Thule.