corinth

Corinth is both a city and a symbol. It was, and is, a city at a crossroads in Greece and thus a trading center. It's strategic location at the isthmus put it in the thick of many military campaigns.

For Christians, it is a symbol. Paul's letters and the congregation they imply, have been powerful cultural symbols. Often this centers around Paul's attempt to explain why unlimited freedom is not a good thing.

Ancient Corinth had a reputation as a 'wild' city; how much of that is true vs. rumor, is unclear to me. It was a seaport town with a large number of transient people; that is often associated with flexible moral boundaries.

Near Corinth is the site of the Isthmain Games.

(The image, from 2009, shows the acrocorinth that rises to the southwest above the western end of the ruins. Most of the site is off to the left.)

Last modified 5/4/14; posted 1/31/10; original content © 2014, 2010 John P. Nordin