After these things
The Arabic version renders it, "after these words, or discourses"; after the apostle's disputation with the philosophers, and his sermon in the Areopagus, the effects of which are before related:
Paul departed from Athens, and came to Corinth;
the metropolis of Achaia, or Peloponnesus. The city was formerly called Ephyra, from Ephyra F16, the daughter of Oceanus, and had its name of Corinth from Corinthus, the son of Maratho, who repaired it when destroyed; or, as others say, from Corinthus the son of Pelops, others of Orestes, and others of Jupiter: though more probably it was so called from the multitudes of whores in this place, as if it was (korai enya) , "corai entha, here are girls, or whores"; for in the temple of Venus there were no less than a thousand whores provided, to be prostituted to all comers thither; (See Gill on 2 Corinthians 12:21). It was situated between two great seas, the Aegean and Ionean; hence F17 Horace calls it Bimaris: it had a very strong tower, built on a high mount, called Acrocorinthus, from whence these two seas might be seen, and where was the fountain Pirene, sacred to the Muses: the city was about sixty furlongs, or seven miles and a half, from the shore F18: it was a city that abounded in riches and luxury. Florus
F16 Vellei Patercull Hist. Rom. l. 1. Pausanias, Corinthiaca, sive l. 2. p. 85.
F17 Carmin. l. 1. Ode 7.
F18 Plin. Nat. Hist. l. 4. c. 4.
F19 Hist. Rom. l. 2. c. 16.
F20 Pro Lege Manilia Orat. 13. p. 636.
F21 Florus, ib.
F23 Pausauias, Corinthiaca, sive l. 2. p. 85, 89.
F24 Nat. Hist. l. 4. c. 4.
F25 De Situ Orbis, l. 2. c. 10.
F26 Petav. Rationar. Temp. par. 1. p. 476.