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Adramyttium - Biblical Sites in Turkey


Acts 27:2


Opposite (northeast) of the Island of Lesvos in the Aegean, the remains of an ancient seaport have been identified in the modern village of Karatas. The name is preserved in the harbor and a nearby city of Edremit. The port has only scant excavation, but is properly identified. The city had been prominent in Hellenistic times, but was a declining and relatively unimportant city by the time of journeys of St. Paul.

After St. Paul's appeal before Herod Agrippa II and Festus to state his case to Caesar in Rome, he was taken by a centurion of the Roman Imperial guard (Acts 27:1) to the harbor at Caesarea, where they found a ship of Adramyttium to convey them to Asia Minor. From Asia Minor, they anticipated finding another ship to Rome (27:6).

The contrary winds at Cyprus (27:4) were likely a foreshadowing that a Mediterranean storm was approaching. The storm system brought a fierce North-Easter the wind that brought down the boat they caught in Asia Minor, wrecking that ship.

The boat of Adramyttium was probably on the way back to her homeport, exchanging goods and passengers from Caesarea to Asia Minor, with several stops along the Aegean coast. It was likely that the Centurion Julius could find another boat to Rome from Asia Minor.

















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