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La Bourse, Marseille: 13 reviews and 25 photos


On the top right, a statue of Pytheas a famous sailor from Marseille. Pytheas has circumnavigated Britain in the IVth Century B.C., and had reported sailing northwest of the British Isles for six days until "an ocean of slush ice and fog so thick one could not sail through" forced him to turn back. During those six days, he has reached Iceland and the polar circle and possibly the shores of Greenland. He made very accurate reports of his travels
Pytheas, must have looking for tin which, when blended with copper, produced the highly prized and valuable "bronze:" the metal of choice in those years.

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  • Written Dec 26, 2004
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