Ancient Corinth

Corinth, an hour’s bus ride south of Athens, became a thriving maritime center because of the narrow isthmus on which it sat. Ancient mariners would dock in Corinth, then haul the boat overland, avoiding the long and dangerous voyage around the southern tip of Greece. The “sin city” of its day, it was a mixture of pagan religion and a commercial center that catered to transient sailors out looking for a good time.

As ships became more robust, and particularly after the canal was built to allow direct passage across the isthmus, Corinth lost its prestige. Like most tourists, we went there because of the Biblical connection. The apostle Paul visited Corinth, was put on trial there, and later wrote several letters to them, two of which are included in the New Testament. The pictures I took are generally related to that connection.

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