Helmut Koester

Erastus, the treasurer of Corinth, mentioned by Paul in Romans 16:23, is very likely the man honored in this pavement inscription located between the market and the theater. The original bronze letters fitted into the gray Acrocorinthian limestone have been ripped out by looters, but the inscription can still be read: “Erastus in return for his aedileship laid [the pavement] at his own expense.” An aedile was a magistrate in charge of streets, markets, games and public buildings.