a city on the coast of Campania, on the north shore of a bay running north from the Bay of Naples, at which Paul landed on his way to Rome, from which it was distant 170 miles. Here he tarried for seven days (Acts 28:13, 14). This was the great emporium for the Alexandrian corn ships. Here Paul and his companions began their journey, by the "Appian Way," to Rome. It is now called Pozzuoli. The remains of a huge amphitheatre, and of the quay at which Paul landed, may still be seen here.
Not far off, between puteoli and Baiae, Caligula performed some foolish stunt of his on a bridge of boats.
At puteoli there is a great report that Ptolemy has been restored.
Did he think of this as he walked on the shore of puteoli—or of the ceremony he was about to encounter before he ate his dinner?
From here they sailed to puteoli or else to the mouth of the Tiber.
Of the harbours of Campania, puteoli was by far the most important from the commercial point of view.
Cumæ is only five miles distant from puteoli, and about thirteen west of Naples.
Prominent among them was Atargatis, whose cult seems to have touched the Italian mainland first at puteoli.
St. Paul at puteoli may be said to have dwelt among his own people.
He was due this afternoon or next day from puteoli, and what is that great cloud of dust I see off there in the distance?
How entirely ignorant we are, for instance, of the methods by which the gospel spread to Tyre and Ptolemais and puteoli!