I was blessed in 2006 to travel with several friends to Greece, where we took in most of the biblical sites and a number of other amazing natural and historical sites. (A self-guided tour is totally the way to go; we saw a dizzying number of sites.) I’ve meant to post the pics, but time has prevented me from doing so. I’m going to try to get back at it, starting with Corinth.
I was designated the “group photographer” for the trip and took a couple thousand pictures (which required finding new memory cards with regularity). Unfortunately, most of my pictures of Corinth were lost, due to a corrupt card. Or so I thought. They were recently retrieved for me by a local camera shop. Yes!!
The best of the pics are avaiable here. Some are better quality than others, as trying to upload larger files to FaceBook was making me act like a Corinthian. I’ve not taken time to describe all the pics or to unpack their significance, but of particular note are the following:
- Remains of the Temple of Apollo
- The Bema
- The Diolkos (now replaced by the Corinth Canal—started by Nero and finished in 1893), connecting the Aegean and Adriatic Seas and making Corinth a financial powerhouse
- The Erastus inscription, likely evidence of the veracity of Paul’s reference in Rom 16:23
- The Agora, or marketplace
- The very well preserved Fountain of Peirene
- A barely visible theater
- A sculpture of the head of Nero, very well preserved and unique for its representation of a rather unimpressive beard (Thanks to Todd Nye for posing with it; we got reprimanded for that)
- The Acrocorinth, famous for the Temple of Aphrodite, none of which remains. If indeed a thousand prostitutes serviced the Temple, it is unlikely that they did so at the Temple site itself, which is extremely rugged and hard to reach. Most of the defenses on the Acrocorinth are Byzantine and medieval.
- Several pictures of Cenchrea, a port near Corinth from which Paul saled (Acts 18:18; Rom 16:1)