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The Greek discovery of Iceland

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Based on an essentially linguistic hypothesis of his own inspiration, Dr. Andrew Charles Breeze pens the latest attempt to shed light on the mystery that surrounds the exact location of the legendary Thule — the world’s northernmost land discovered by ancient Greek geographer, astronomer and explorer Pytheas of Massalia, around 300 BC.

The philology professor at the University of Pamplona, Spain, known for his expertise in historical linguistics, appears convinced that the “island with ice floes close to it” which took Pytheas six days to reach sailing from the north of Britain, can now finally be acknowledged.

“Greeks not only reached India with Alexander, but also discovered Iceland with Pytheas,” he tells Greek Reporter as he starts to unravel his theory.

Full article at the Greek Reporter: Link

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Abramelin

I think the ancient Irish discovered Iceland before the Greeks.

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Tom1200
36 minutes ago, Abramelin said:

I think the ancient Irish discovered Iceland before the Greeks.

Maybe, but they didn't stay.  The beer was far too expensive.

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Nobu

Iceland and Newfoundland are such inhospitable tracts of land.... who knows.

 

It would be like me discovering a new bar in 3rd ward in houston. I would be there all of 5 minutes and never tell anyone I was there. Makes me wonder how many may have “discovered” this island.
 

Interesting though.

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DieChecker

Looks kind of controversial. Some think it was Norway, rather then Iceland.

What type of ship was he supposedly using? Surely not a Greek style galley. Theyd not endure the North Sea and North Atlantic waves. Or so I have heard.

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Sir Wearer of Hats

Well OH COURSE the Greek knew about Iceland. 
Excpet when they knew about it, it was in the Med and called Atlantis.

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Abramelin

The "linguistic hypothesis" is this:

The Greek word 'thymele' lost the -me- by scribal error, and became 'thyle', and subsequentily 'thule'.

Kind of early to yell "Hurray for the Greeks!", I think.

 

 

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Abramelin

But there is some sort of evidence the Minoan Cretes ( = non-Greeks), visited the North Sea:

From 'Dienekes blogspot:

LINK

It's the translation into English of an article in German.

And a link to an article on linear-A inscriptions found in Scandinavia:

LINK

Years ago I found a German site that was about amber seals found in Germany.

Those seals had Minoan linear A/B inscribed on them. I think I remember the discoverer was a Hans Duehr, or something.

But I have saved the photo's of those amber seals:

 

 

Germany-amber-seals.gif

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Abramelin

All the info I posted just now can be found in the now dead thread about the 'Oera Linda Book'.

No doubt it was boring the hell out of most people, but not for me, heh.

And here is the link to my post in that thread about those amber seals:

LINK

And yet another link:

LINK

 

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