Corinth Archaeological Site
Surrounded by fertile plains and blessed with natural springs, ancient Corinth was a powerful city-state with two harbours, making it one of the richest cities of the era. In the Roman period, the city was a major colony. Corinth was a place of religious variety, with the worship of Greek and Roman gods and goddesses, local deities, and cult heroes. Today, the ancient city lies in ruins.
Corinth was important in the missionary activity of the apostle Paul. There, he met and worked with the Jewish tentmakers Aquila and Priscilla, and he began preaching in the synagogue every Sabbath trying to persuade Jews and Greeks (Acts 18:1-4). But the Jews opposed Paul and became abusive. Nevertheless, he founded Christian assemblies there.
After these things Paul departed from Athens and went to Corinth. And he found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla (because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to depart from Rome); and he came to them. So, because he was of the same trade, he stayed with them and worked; for by occupation they were tentmakers. And he reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and persuaded both Jews and Greeks. – Acts 18:1-4 (NKJV)
Temple of Apollo
The site today is dominated by the imposing Temple of Apollo, one of the oldest and most important temples in Greece. It had 6 columns on each narrow side and 15 columns on each long side, with each Doric monolith column over 7m high. At present, only 7 columns remain standing.
Fountain of Glauce
The Fountain of Glauce, a water supply installation, consisted of four reservoirs and four draw basins. According to Greek narratives, Princess of Corinth, Glauce was to be married to Jason who abandoned his wife Medea who spread poison to the veil of Glauce. When Glauce put it on, it took fire and Glauce threw herself into the fountain in a vain attempt to put out the fire. Hence, the fountain was named after her.
Fountain of Glauce. Photo Credit: Joyofmuseums Wikimedia Commons
Most of the other surviving buildings date from the 1st century CE in the Roman era. The Agora was once surrounded by public buildings, small temples, shops, and the famous bema where officials gave public addresses and heard legal cases. The Bible tells us that the Jews made a united attack on Paul and brought him to the bema for judgement by Gallio, the proconsul of Achaia (Acts 18:12-17).
Berma of St Paul. Photo Credit: Berthold Werner Wikimedia Commons
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