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in the footsteps of paul
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 Into the Fire (56-70)
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Temple of Apollo and Acrocorinth
Temple of Apollo and Acrocorinth
(from the film)

Archeological site of ancient Corinth
Archeological site of ancient Corinth
(from the film)


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he new city of Corinth is located east of the ancient city. A canal was finally built through the isthmus in the late 19th century, but sections of the diolkos are still visible. The excavations at ancient Corinth give some idea of the city's former prominence; a Temple to Apollo has standing columns, and some streets and market shops can evoke the flavor of the trade city. Along one side of the Forum is a bema-a platform from which Roman officials would address the public. Here the governor may have refused to arrest Paul. There is a museum onsite. The mountain fortress Acrocorinth still looms over the site, and the view from the summit is well worth the hike. Also on the summit are ruins of the Temple of Aphrodite, among others. The fortifications on the mountain are, in the main, much later than the Roman period, but indicate the continued strategic importance of the site for centuries. The harbor town of Cenchreae is largely underwater, but warehouses and a sanctuary of Isis are visible. Nearby Isthmia, site of the biannual athletic contests, has a museum and remains of the stadium, city walls, and sanctuary of Poseidon. In Epidaurus, the sanctuary of Asklepius is undergoing excavation and some restoration. The well-preserved theater at Epidaurus presents live theater in the summer.

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