Gilbert Pillot was born in France and served with the French Resistance during the war. He subsequently moved to Tunisia setting up home near the site of ancient Carthage. He is best known for his book, The Secret Code of the Odyssey, which was translated from the French in 1972. Pillot, a keen sailor, contended that Homer’s epic is concerned with voyages in the North Atlantic ranging from the Canaries to the British Isles and on to Iceland.
Pillot suggested that the Canaries are possibly remnants of Atlantis but does not expand on this idea.