The description is very elliptical. Hermes first drives the cows to the river (i.e. to the ford, as 398, Thryon or Epitalion) and thence to Pylos (first named at 216). On his return (139) he throws his shoes into the river, when they ceased to be useful. The mention of the Alpheus fixes Pylos as the Triphylian or Lepreatic. The site of this place was lost even in antiquity, but it is generally placed on the hills looking over the lagoons and sandhills which extend from the mouth of the Alpheus southwards. See Introd. p. 132, h. Aph. 424.
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