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Professor Reveals New Insights into Ancient Corinth

Paul Scotton in Ancient Corinth

Professor Paul Scotton, left, with Anastasios Kakouros, a conservation technician for the Corinth Excavations.

During sixth months of study in the Greek cities of Corinth and Athens, Professor Paul Scotton of Comparative World Literature and Classics realized that an ancient Corinthian building may have been the site where the Apostle Paul was put on trial by Roman authorities when Corinth was a Roman colony.

Thanks to a Kress Publication Fellowship from the American School of Classical Studies Athens (ASCSA), Scotton’s research led to a monograph titled “The Julian Basilica in Corinth: An Architectural Investigation.” The basilica was a center in Corinth for the cult of the Roman imperial family and also served as a court of law for the Roman province of Achaia.

Moreover, “My primary research was on the Julian Basilica, but I have now moved to the adjacent building right next door,” he explained. “No one has been able to settle what it was used for. I have found that there were pass-throughs on either side of where the judge sat, connecting to the two buildings. I think this likely shows that the adjacent building meant to be a hall of records there to service the hall of justice in the Julian Basilica.”

He’s working on a second book about the adjacent building and is planning a third book on another nearby building, the South Basilica.