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Paul in Athens

While Paul waited for Silas and Timothy at Athens (Acts 17:15), he seemed to have gone on a personal tour of the city and found it a virtual necropolis of idols. Athens had indeed passed its prime and glory of the 5th and 4th centuries BCE. Rome was now the political capital of the world, and Corinth to the south had surpassed it in commercial importance, while Alexandria had outstripped it as a center of culture and learning (perhaps even matched by Tarsus, Paul’s place of birth). Yet, its illustrious past had gained for it the sentimental respect of the world. She was a free city allied to Rome and able to conduct her political affairs according to her wishes, and Athens’ reputation made her the Empire’s museum of Greek culture. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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