Ancient Corinth, Greece

April 5, 2017 Paul Groves

Day 90 of 111. Ancient Corinth, Greece

Ancient Corinth is an example of an ancient Roman city built during the Roman occupation of Greece. The Temple of Apollo was a fortunate survivor (many Greek buildings and temples were destroyed by the Romans) because the Romans admired/honored Apollo as one of their own gods. Corinth was one of the places where the Apostle Paul visited in Greece. The Bema is the platform where Paul was judged as to whether his teachings were subversive. He was found innocent, but did leave Corinth. His two letters to the Corinthians are an important part of the New Testament. There were two fountains on this ancient site (which is also an active archeological site). Each has an interesting story. This one, the Peirene Fountain has two mythological stories. One origin of the fountain is by the hoof marks of Pegasus, the flying horse. The other myth involves the accidental death of the son of Peirene by the goddess Diana when she was out hunting. The mother was so distraught that she could not stop crying, so Diana turned her into a fountain.

I found it fascinating to think that these roads were built thousands of years ago. I took a picture of my “modern” feet on this ancient road. The museum on the site had a nice collection of figural art as well as columns to see.