PUTEOLI – Encyclopedic Dictionary of Bible and Theology

Puteoli (gr. Potíoloi, “fountains”, “craters”). Port near Naples, Italy, now called Pozzuoli (fig 419). It was founded towards the end of the 6th century BC by the Greeks, who called it Dicaearjía, it is not known when its name was changed to Puteoli. It became a Roman dependency probably in the 4th century BC, and was raised to colony status in 194 BC. As the main port for all Roman trade with the East, it became important, rich and large. The facilities of its artificial port were better than those of any other Italian port, including Ostia: it had a lighthouse and a fire brigade. The city was an imperial outpost, and was connected to Rome by a first-class road, the Via Domitiana, which joined the Appian Way further north. The ruins of the city’s amphitheater have survived to this day. Paul landed at Puteoli on his journey to Rome as a prisoner, perhaps in the early spring (northern hemisphere) of AD 61, and spent 7 days there with the believers before proceeding overland to Rome (Acts 28:13, 14). Map XX, A-1. See Paul (IV, 3).

Source: Evangelical Bible Dictionary

(gr., Potioloi, small wells or springs). A well-known Italian seaport, located on the Bay of Naples; it was the closest port to Rome. It was the natural landing place for travelers coming from the east to Rome. In Act 28: 13-14, Luke narrates that Paul landed there with the other prisoners when he was taken to Rome for trial. Paul, Luke, and his companions met brothers there and enjoyed their hospitality for seven days before continuing on to Rome.

Ancient ruins can still be seen in the northern part of the bay, including part of a pier that Paul is supposed to have used.

Source: Hispanic World Bible Dictionary

Port in SW Italy where Paul disembarked when he was imprisoned towards Rome. At that time it was very important. There they unloaded the ships that brought wheat from Egypt. Probably the “Alexandrian ship” that Paul took in Malta was one of them (Acts 28:11). In P. there were Christians, with whom the apostle spent a week (Acts 28:11-14), and then continued on to Rome by land. P. is known today as Pozzuoli, near Naples. Remains of Roman buildings are preserved there, especially a large amphitheater that had capacity for about forty thousand people or more.

Source: Christian Bible Dictionary

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vet, (lat.: “small fountains”). Two days after arriving at Reggio, the ship carrying Paul arrived at Puteoli, then an important maritime city. The apostle found Christians there, and enjoyed their hospitality (Acts 28:13). It was located on the northern shore of the Gulf of Naples, near the site of present-day Pouzzoles. The entire surrounding region is volcanic, and the Solfatare crater rises behind the city. ***

Source: New Illustrated Bible Dictionary

A maritime city of Campania in the center of the northern shore of the hollow of the Gulf of Naples. Here Paul met some Christian brothers, and stayed there a week before proceeding overland to Rome, Acts 28:13, 14.

Source: Geographic Dictionary of the Bible

Important 1st century CE port located to the SE. from Rome. Paul arrived at Puteoli around 59 CE when he was on his way to Rome to appear before Caesar. (Ac 28:13) With the help of a S wind, his ship arrived † œon the second day † at Puteoli from Regio, a town about 200 miles SSE.
The Christian brothers in Puteoli begged Paul and those with him to spend a week with them (Acts 28:14), indicating that although he was a prisoner, he enjoyed some freedom. Previously, when he had been in custody at Caesarea and Sidon, Paul had also enjoyed a degree of freedom. (Ac 24:23; 27:3.)
Puteoli is identified with modern Pozzuoli, located in the bay of the same name, about 10 km WSW. from Naples, where the vast ruins of an ancient wharf still exist. Josephus calls that place by its ancient name, Dicearchy, and says that there was a Jewish colony there. (Jewish Antiquities, book XVII, chap. XII, sec. 1.)

Source: Dictionary of the Bible

This is the current city of Pozzuoli, near Naples, a Samian colony from Cumae, founded in the ss. VI BC It probably fell to the Romans with Capua in 338 BC, and quickly became an important arsenal and trading port. Livy mentions a garrison of 6,000 men during Hannibal’s invasion (24.13), and the shipment of substantial reinforcements to Spain (26.17). Eastern traffic from Rome, mainly grain from Egypt, passed through Puteoli. Seneca describes the arrival of the Alexandrian grain fleet (Ep. 77), and Paul arrived on an Alexandrian freighter of this type (Acts 28.13). The recently discovered chapel at Herculaneum probably indicates the place of residence of some of those who went to await Paul at the nearby port of Puteoli. The Via Domitiana linked Puteoli with the Via Appia.


Douglas, J. (2000). New Biblical Dictionary: First Edition. Miami: United Bible Societies.

Source: New Bible Dictionary

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