Corinth was one of the major cities of antiquity. It was made up of three parts; the acropolis on the hill (Acrocorinth), the city itself on a lower plateau, and its port (Lechaion) on the coast. All this was protected by a wall which ran for 20km (over 12 miles). The site of Corinth is just over an hours drive from Athens but worth the trip especially if like me your interested in visiting sites mentioned in the New Testament. The church in Corinth received letters from the Apostle Paul and two letters – 1st and 2nd Corinthians are included in the New Testament. In the 5th century BC Corinth was one of the three major powers in Greece and records tell us that they took part in all the battles against the Persians. The Romans destroyed Corinth in 146 BC and then 100 years later Julius Caesar began its reconstruction and colonisation in 44 BC.
Above: Temple of Apollo at Corinth
Above & Below: Looking across the forum to the Bema in Corinth. During Paul‘s stay in Corinth, he was brought for judgment before the proconsul Lucius Junius Gallio Annaeanus, also known as Gallio. Gallio, however, refused to judge what he considered to be a religious dispute among the Jews. According to tradition, the site of Paul’s trial was the Bema, a large elevated rostrum standing in the centre of the Roman Forum of ancient Corinth and from where the city’s officials addressed the public.
Above: Standing on the Bema in Corinth. Note the Bema Stone – 2 Corinthians 4:17 ESV – “For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison”
Above: The Corinth Bema – This photo was taken on the Bema where the Apostle Paul was brought for judgement.
Above: The Fountain of Peirene, Corinth, Greece
Above: Pirene or Peirene (Greek Πειρήνη) is the name of a fountain or spring in Greek mythology, physically located in Corinth. It was said to be a favoured watering-hole of Pegasus, sacred to the Muses.
Above: Lechiaon Road Corinth and the Temple of Apollo in top left hand corner of the photo.
Above: Ancient Corinth
Above: The shops at Corinth
Above: Colossal statue of a Phrygian captive in the Corinth Museum