Hanno the Navigator
Historical Figure
Nationality: Carthage
Date of Birth: Unknown
Date of Death: 5th century BC
Cause of Death: Unknown
Religion: Polytheism
Occupation: Sea captain, Explorer, Author of Non-Fiction
Fictional Appearances:
"The Maltese Elephant"
Set in OTL
Type of Appearance: Posthumous reference

Hanno the Navigator was a Carthaginian explorer of the 6th or 5th century BC, best known for his naval exploration of the western coast of Africa. The only source of his voyage is a periplus, which survives in a Greek translation. Although all accounts of his route are unreliable, some modern analyses suggest that Hanno's expedition could have reached as far south as Gabon.

Hanno in "The Maltese Elephant"[]

Hanno's Periplus, in its Ancient Greek translation, contained the first written testimony regarding the Maltese Elephant: Theridion hi elephas Melites estin. Gideon Schlechtman recounted this to Miles Bowman, who replied "It's Greek to me, by God."[1]

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  1. See, e.g., Counting Up, Counting Down, p. 167.