Bible Cities: Paphos
Paphos in Easton's Bible Dictionary
the capital of the island of Cyprus, and therefore the
of the Roman governor. It was visited by Paul and
their first missionary tour (Acts 13:6). It is new
is here meant. It lay on the west coast of the island,
miles north of old Paphos. Its modern name is Baffa.
Paphos in Fausset's Bible Dictionary
A town in the western end of Cyprus, as Salamis was in the E.
Paul passed through the isle from Salamis to Paphos (Acts
13:6-13.) Here Barnabas and Saul were instrumental in
converting Sergius Paulus the proconsul, in spite of Elymas'
opposition. (See ELYMAS.) Saul is here called Paul when
"filled with the Holy Spirit" he inflicted blindness from "the
hand of the Lord" upon the sorcerer, and thenceforth became
more prominent than Barnabas. Here Aphrodite or Venus was said
to have risen from the foam of the sea. The harbor and town
were at new Paphos, her temple at old Paphos.
Paphos in Hitchcock's Bible Names
Paphos in Naves Topical Bible
(A city of Cyprus)
-Paul blinds a sorcerer in
Paphos in Smiths Bible Dictionary
(boiling, or hot), a town at the west end of Cyprus, connected
by a react with Salamis at the east end. It was founded B.C.
1184 (during the period of the judges in Israel). Paul and
Barnabas travelled, on their first missionary expedition,
"through the isle" from the latter place to the former, Ac
13:6 The great characteristic of Paphos was the worship of
Aphrodite or Venus, who was fabled to have here risen from the
sea. Her temple, however, was at "Old Paphos" now called
Kuklia. The harbor and the chief town were at "New Paphos,"
ten miles to the northwest. The place is still called Baffa.
Paphos in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE
The name of two towns, Old (Palaia Paphos, or Palaipaphos)
and New Paphos Nea Paphos), situated at the southwestern
extremity of Cyprus. Considerable confusion is caused by the
use of the single name Paphos in ancient writers to denote
now one, now the other, of these cities. That referred to in
Acts 13:6,13 is strictly called New Paphos (modern Baffa),
and lay on the coast about a mile South of the modern Ktima
and some 10 miles Northwest of the old city. The latter
(modern Kouklia) is situated on an eminence more than a mile
from the sea, on the left bank of the Diarrizo, probably the
2. History of Old Paphos:
It was founded by Cinyras, the father of Adonis, or,
according to another legend, by Aerias, and formed the
capital of the most important kingdom in Cyprus except that
of Salamis. Its territory embraced a considerable portion of
Western Cyprus, extending northward to that of Soli,
southward to that of Curium and eastward to the range of
Troodus. Among its last kings was Nicocles, who ruled
shortly after the death of Alexander the Great. In 310 BC
Nicocreon of Salamis, who had been set over the whole of
Cyprus by Ptolemy I of Egypt, was forced to put an end to
his life at Paphos for plotting with Antigonus (Diodorus xx.
21, who wrongly gives the name as Nicocles; see Athenische
Mitteilungen, XXII, 203 ff), and from that time Paphos
remained under Egyptian rule until the Roman annexation of
Cyprus in 58 BC. The growth of New Paphos brought with it
the decline of the old city, which was also ruined by
successive earthquakes. Yet its temple still retained much
of its old fame, and in 69 AD Titus, the future emperor of
Rome, turned aside on his journey to Jerusalem, which he was
to capture in the following year, to visit the sacred shrine
and to inquire of the priests into the fortune which awaited
him (Tacitus History ii.2-4; Suetonius Titus 5).
3. History of New Paphos:
New Paphos, originally the seaport of the old town, was
founded, according to tradition, by Agapenor of Arcadia
(Iliad ii.609; Pausan. viii.5, 2). Its possession of a good
harbor secured its prosperity, and it had several rich
temples. According to Dio Cassius (liv.23) it was restored
by Augustus in 15 BC after a destructive earthquake and
received the name Augusta (Greek Sebaste). Under the Roman
Empire it was the administrative capital of the island and
the seat of the governor. The extant remains all date from
this period and include those of public buildings, private
houses, city walls and the moles of the harbor.
4. The Temple and Cult:...
Paphos Scripture - Acts 13:13
Now when Paul and his company loosed from Paphos, they came to
Perga in Pamphylia: and John departing from them returned to
Paphos Scripture - Acts 13:6
And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos, they
found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name
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