Whose temple was before the city (tou onto pro th pwlew). The god (Zeus) is identified with his temple. He had a statue and temple there. Oxen and garlands (taurou kai stemmata). Probably garlands to put on the oxen before they were slain. It was common to sacrifice bullocks to Jupiter and Mercury. Would have done sacrifice (hqelen quein). Imperfect indicative, wanted to offer sacrifice. He was planning to do it, and his purpose now became plain to Paul and Barnabas.