For the next couple of weeks our first readings will be taken from Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians, and so it might help for us to have a clear picture of Corinth.
The southern third of the Greek peninsula, known as Pelopenisus, is almost a separate island, but it is hung on to Greece proper by a narrow isthmus, and the city of Corinth is perched right on that isthmus. Its harbor on the east side served the Aegean Sea, while the harbor the west said is open to the Adriatic. In that way it inherited all he advantages and all the fault’s of a sailors’ hang out.
Merchandise obits way to Rome from the east was unloaded on the Aegean side of Corinth, while all the eastward destined products from Rome was unloaded at Corinth’s Adriatic port. All that unloading provided ample thievery to the gangs robbing carts passing from port to port.
The great influx of superstitious sailors provided employment to temple people guaranteeing safety at sea. Along with such charlatans, there were so many prostitutes connected with the temples that all around the Mediterranean, prostitutes were known as Corinthian girls.