Corinth, an ancient city of Greece. It stood near the Isthmus of Corinth between northern Greece and the Peloponnesus. This strategic location gave it commercial and military importance. Corinth for a long time had the strongest navy in Greece. It founded many colonies, including Syracuse in Italy. The style of architecture called Corinthian originated here. In the early Christian Era, Corinth was noted for its immorality and Saint Paul came to the city as a missionary. His Epistles to the Corinthians were addressed to members of the church he established here.
Corinth probably was founded in the ninth century B.C. It was a member of the Peloponnesian League and capital of the Achaean League. The Romans destroyed Corinth in 146 B.C., but Julius Caesar refounded it in 46 B.C. Corinth was long ravaged by wars and earthquakes. An earthquake leveled it in 1858, and a new city was established nearby. The original city is uninhabited.