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[6] The Eleans declare that there is a reference to this Pylus in the passage of Homer:“And he was descended from the river
Alpheius, that in broad stream flows through the land of the Pylians.
Hom. Il. 5.544

The Eleans convinced me that they are right. For the Alpheius does flow through this district, and the passage cannot refer to another Pylus. For the land of the Pylians over against the island Sphacteria simply cannot in the nature of things be crossed by the Alpheius, and, moreover, we know of no city in Arcadia named Pylus.

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    • Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography (1854), CYTHE´RIUS
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