Timosthenes of Rhodes

Timosthenes of Rhodes (3rd century BC) was an ancient Greek author and admiral in Ptolemy II’s fleet.

Timosthenes described most of the known countries with a lot of precision and located the place of Mediterranean ports and cities.

Scientists and explorers of Antarctica have given his name to a mountain (Timosthenes Mount) in central Antarctica because Timosthenes of Rhodes wrote sailing directions and invented the symbols (wind rose) for  8 or 12 winds. Scientists later used these symbols to make the points of the compass.

Roula Georgiou & Joanna Panagaki, Grade 3, 2nd Junior High School of Paralia

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