Ancient sources

The Bible
Acts 18:1-18 After this Paul left Athens and went to Corinth.
2 There he found a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had ordered all Jews to leave Rome. Paul went to see them, 3 and, because he was of the same trade, he stayed with them, and they worked together-- by trade they were tentmakers.
4 Every sabbath he would argue in the synagogue and would try to convince Jews and Greeks.

Act 19:1 While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul passed through the interior regions and came to Ephesus, where he found some disciples.

1 Corinthians
2 Corinthians
2 Timothy 4:20 Erastus remained in Corinth; Trophimus I left ill in Miletus.

Strabo (64 BCE - 24 AD)
Geography, 8.20.20, following

Corinth is called "wealthy" because of its commerce, since it is situated on the Isthmus and is master of two harbors, of which the one leads straight to Asia, and the other to Italy ... And the temple of Aphrodite was so rich that it owned more than a thousand temple slaves, courtesans, whom both men and women had dedicated to the goddess.  And therefore it was also on account of these women that the city was crowded with people and grew rich; for instance, the ship captains freely squandered their money, and hence the proverb, "Not for every man is the voyage to Corinth." ... Now the summit [of the Acrocorinth] has a small temple of Aphrodite; and below the summit is the spring Peirene, which, although it has no overflow, is always full of transparent, potable water. 

Pausanias (fl.c. 160 CE)
Book 2

Has an extensive section on Corinth.

There are other references in writers such as Antipater of Sidon, Polystratus, Cicero, diodorus Siculus, Livy, Plutarch and so on. Consult the Murphy book listed opposite.

Modern sources

I would suggest that you consider getting a good printed guide to the site. Corinth is covered in the Blue Guide to Greece, and there is a nice guide to Ancient Corinth prepared by Ekdotike Athenon, but I am not sure of its general availability or how recently it has been updated.

Either of these will have better technical info than most web sites, but fewer images.

(No author)
Paul: the Apostle of the Gentiles. Journeys in Greece

There are a number of "the footsteps of Paul" sort of guides, most are not very critical, but do collect common info in one place. This one, for instance, collects some very good photos of the various sites with a conventional text.

Gordon D. Fee
The First Epistle to the Corinthians (NICNT)

Because, I guess, of the tangled nature of the writings of Paul as recorded in the Bible (how many letters? what order? did something get inserted?) many commentaries are not that helpful spiritually. I've found this one to be useful.

Jerome Murphy-O'Connor
St. Paul's Corinth: Texts and Archaeology

This collects in one handy volume a wide range of Greco-Roman texts referring to Corinth.



A number of inscriptions, and carvings show a Jewish presence there.

If you must use the Interwebs, remember that Corinth is in the region of "Corinthia" and not in the region of "Achaia", though, sometimes, it seems to be associated with Achaia.

The region to the south of Corinth is the Argolid.

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