), a town of Apulia, in the interior of that country, 7 miles S. of Aecae (Troja
) and 15 from Luceria. Its correct name is given by Pliny, who enumerates the Vibinates among the municipal communities of Apulia, and by inscriptions which are still extant at Bovino,
an episcopal town situated on one of the lower slopes of the Apennines, on the right of the river Cervaro
(Cerbalus). (Plin. Nat. 3.11. s. 16
; Holsten, Not. ad Cluver.
There is no doubt that it is the place of which the name is corruptly written in Ptolemy, Vibarnum (Οὐίβαρνον,
3.1.72), and which is called by Polybius Vibonium (Ἰβώνιον,
for which we should probably read Οὐιβώνιον,
Schweigh. ad loc.
The latter author distinctly places it among the Daunian Apulians, and mentions that Hannibal established his camp there, and thence laid waste the territory of Arpi and other neighbouring cities. (Plb. 3.88