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Title: P.Mich. XVIII 760 (P.Mich. inv. 1591)
Subtitle: A Fragment of Polybius' Homeric Geography?
Author(s): WILLIAMS, Mary Frances
Journal: Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists
Volume: 39 Date: 2002
Two fragments of a Hellenistic Greek work on geography are in the papyrus collection at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor (P.Mich.inv. 1591 = P.Mich. XVIII 760). These fragments mention the Aeolian Islands, Sicily, Cyme in Campania, and volcanic phenomena. Distance figures are given between places, and there are references to episodes of the Odyssey. P.Mich. XVIII 760 is possibly the work of the second century B.C. historian Polybius, who was particularly interested in the geography of Sicily and Italy and its relationship to the Odyssey and who calculated distances to determine which episodes of the Odyssey were 'true'.