Ancient Corinth half day from Athens

Overview

Ancient Corinth, the original City of Corinth, was founded in the 10th Century BCE and was the largest city in ancient Greece. More importantly, Corinth was ancient Greece’s richest port. Corinth had been re-founded by Julius Caesar as a Roman colony in 44 BCE. It was to this megalopolis where the Apostle Paul came, worked and established a thriving church, subsequently sending two of his epistles, now part of the New Testament

Corinth was known as an especially “wild” city and had a reputation for licentiousness. It was a city that was used to coin one of the Greek words for “fornicate”, which was korinthiazomai ! This reputation was based, in part, on the ancient Greek historian Strabo’s report that there were 1,000 sacred prostitutes in the temple of Aphrodite on the Acrocorinth, which was an 1,886-foot hill that rises above the City of Corinth to the south.

The wealth of Corinth rested largely on control of trade in western Mediterranean. In the late 6th century Corinth sought to maintain this commercial hegemony by mediating conflicts arising between its neighbors, specifically Athens, Thebes and Sparta, and by contributing to the Pan Hellenistic efforts against Persian attempts to subdue Greece

This amazing half day tour to Ancient Corinth will show you the famous Corinth Canal, the town of Corinth with its ancient market place and Apollo’s Temple.

What to Expect

Starting from Athens we drive by bus westwards along the scenic coast, until we reach the Corinth Canal with its breathtaking views (short stop).

Shortly thereafter we reach the ancient town of Corinth (visit) where St. Paul lived and preached for two years.

Back in the ancient times, Corinth was amongst the richest cities and this is quite evident by its remains, including the huge Agora (market place) and Apollo’s Temple from the 6th century B.C. We will also do a brief stop at the site of the ancient port of Kechreai where St. Paul disembarked.

Finally, return to Athens in time for lunch.

What’s Included

  • Bus
  • Guide
  • Entrance fees