The Rare Book and Manuscript Library houses Columbia's extraordinary
collection of 2000 papyrus fragments. The fragment to the right from the
Odyssey is Columbia's earliest Homeric fragment, dating from between the
third century to the second century BCE.
Most papyrus finds are non-literary texts, but among the literary pieces,
Homer is the most frequently represented author. Fragments of the Odyssey
are much less common than those of the Iliad, being outnumbered four to