Hanno the Navigator
Historical Figure
Nationality: Carthage
Date of Birth: Unknown
Date of Death: 5th century BC
Cause of Death: Unknown
Occupation: Sea captain, Explorer, Author of Non-Fiction
Turtledove 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. According to some modern analyses of his route, Hanno's expedition could have reached as far south as Gabon.

Hanno in "The Maltese Elephant"Edit

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]


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