Exploration in the ancient world
(3,895 words)

Northern Europe

1. On a journey from Platea (probably Gasr el-Bomba, Libya) to Egypt, Colaeus, a naval merchant from Samos (7th cent. BC), was swept westward past the Pillars of Hercules and landed at Tartessus (in the delta of the Baetis/Guadalquivir; location so far not identified). Herodotus (4,152) emphasizes how profitable this odys…

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Olshausen, E., “Exploration in the ancient world”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 3 : Historical Atlas of the Ancient World, Edited by: Anne-Maria Wittke, Eckart Olshausen, Richard Szydlak, in collaboration with: Vera Sauer and other specialists. Consulted online on 21 March 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-8647_bnps3_BNPA006>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004167834, 20091241

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