Hanno was a king or magistrate of Carthage who undertook a celebrated voyage of discovery along the west coast of Africa. His expedition is said to have consisted of sixty ships; he founded numerous colonies or trading-stations, and proceeded as far south as a point that has been variously identified with places between Cape Nun of the Bight of Benin. On his return to Carthage he inscribed an account of his voyage on a tablet, and placed it in the temple of Moloch.It seems to have been written in the Punic language; the version of it which remains, entitled the Periplus of Hanno, is only a Greek translation. The date of the voyage has been assigned to different periods between 570 BC and 470 BC, and the identification of the author of it has also been a subject for dispute.