Rhegium and surrounding region

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Acts 28:13 From there we circled around and arrived at Rhegium. After one day, a south wind sprang up, and on the second day we came to Puteoli,

re-ji-um: This city (Rhegion] (Acts 28:13), the modern Reggio di Calabria) was a town situated on the east side of the Sicilian Straits, about 6 miles South of a point opposite Messana (Messina). Originally a colony of Chalcidian Greeks, the place enjoyed great prosperity in the 5th century B.C., but was captured and destroyed by Dionysius, tyrant of Syracuse, in 387 B.C., when all the surviving inhabitants were sold into slavery (Diodorus xiv. 106-8, 111, 112). The city never entirely recovered from this blow, althouah it was partially restored by the younaer Dionysius. On the occasion of the invasion of Italy by Pyrrhus, the people of Rhegium had recourse to an alliance with Rome (280 B.C.) and received 4,000 Campanian troops within their walls, who turned out to be very unruly guests. For, in imitation of a similar band of mercenaries across the strait in Messana, they massacred the male inhabitants and reduced the women to slavery (Polybius i0.7; Orosius iv.3). They were not punished by the Romans until 270 B.C., when the town was restored to those of its former inhabitants who still survived. The people of Rhegium were faithful to their alliance with Rome during the Second Punic War (Livy xxiii0.3; xxiv. 1; xxvi0.12; xxix.6). At the time of the Social War they were incorporated with the Roman state, Rhegium becoming a municipality (Cicero Verr. v0.6; Pro Archia, 3).

The ship in which Paul sailed from Melita to Puteoli encountered unfavorable winds after leaving Syracuse, and reached Rhegium by means of tacking. It waited at Rhegium a day for a south wind which bore it to Puteoli (Acts 28:13), about 180 miles distant, where it probably arrived in about 26 hours.

George H. Allen

RHEGIUM, a city on the s.w. coast of Italy, opposite Sicily, now a prosperous town called Rheggio with 10,000 inhabitants.
Strong's Greek
G4484: Rhgion

Rhegium, a city in southern Italy

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