The Man Who Discovered Britain

Barry Cunliffe, Professor of European History at Oxford University, traces the voyages of Pytheas the Greek, who circumnavigated Britain and was the first man to accurately chart these islands, perhaps reaching as far north as Iceland.

So why do we know so little about him, and why was his voyage deliberately ridiculed and buried by those who followed in his wake?

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Barry Cunliffe, Professor of European History at Oxford University, traces the voyages of Pytheas the Greek, who circumnavigated Britain and was the first man to accurately chart these islands, perhaps reaching as far north as Iceland.

So why do we know so little about him, and why was his voyage deliberately ridiculed and buried by those who followed in his wake?