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Thule was the Greek and Roman name for the most northerly known land.

The Ancient Greek explorer Pytheas (c.300 BC) described is as being six days' sail north of Britain, variously identified with Iceland, Norway, the Faroe Islands, and the Shetland Islands.

After Pytheas, the name was used loosely for the farthest north. In some later writers, Thule seems sometimes to denote Scandinavia.

Ultima Thule is a distant unknown region; the extreme limit of travel and discovery; the Latin phrase means ‘furthest Thule’.

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