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Castor and Pollux
Acts 28:11 We departed in a ship of Alexandria, which had wintered in the isle, whose sign was Castor and Pollux.
The remains of the Temple of Castor and Pollux
The remains of the Temple of Castor and Pollux still stand today in the Roman Forum. Originally built in 484 BC.
Arch of Alexandria Troas
Arch of Alexandria Troas. Founded by one of the commanders of Alexander the Great in 310 B.C.
Alexandria, Kom el-Dikka. View of the Theater Portico toward the south. In the far background the Roman Theater, to the left the newly discovered auditoria H and K, both opening onto the portico. Photo. M. Krawczyk (2004)

Castor and Pollux, in classical mythology, twin heroes called the Dioscuri; Castor was the son of Leda and Tyndareus, Pollux the son of Leda and Zeus. The Dioscuri were widely regarded as patrons of mariners and were responsible for Saint Elmo's fire . They were especially honored by the Romans, on whose side they were said to have appeared miraculously during the battle of Lake Regillus.

Not only does Paul mention Castor and Pollux but they are coupled with a "ship" of Alexandria. His words are not only accurate but prophetic in a sense since these symbols originate from wars fought with ships.

"The Temple of Castor and Pollux"
Seutonis Roman Historian - Tiberias 20 - Lives of the Twelve Caesars

Temple of Castor & Pollux
The Temple of Castor and Pollux in the Roman Forum was originally built in gratitude for victory at the battle of Lake Regillus (495 BC). Castor and Pollux were the Dioscuri, the "twins" of Gemini, the twin sons of Zeus (Jupiter) and Leda. Their cult came to Rome from Greece via Magna Graecia and the Greek culture of Southern Italy.

Photos of the Temple


Alexandria formally became part of the Roman Empire in 30 BC It was the greatest of the Roman provincial capitals, with a population of about 300,000 free persons and numerous slaves.

Archaeological News from Alexandria
The Polish-Egyptian Archaeological and Preservation Mission at Kom el-Dikka in Alexandria uncovered a vast complex of well-preserved lecture halls (auditoria) of late Roman date (5th-6th centuries AD).

The total number of these halls, including some that were explored earlier, has now reached thirteen. They were all built along the Theatre Portico, which is in fact the eastern colonnade of a large public square in the centre of the Late Antique city. The auditoria all apparently feature similar dimensions and the same internal arrangement: rows of stepped benches running along the walls on three sides, occasionally forming a hemicycle at the end. The most conspicuous feature is a prominent elevated seat, placed in the middle of the hemicycle - most probably intended for the lecturer. There is little doubt that a line of such halls extended all the way from the Theatre to the northern limits of the site.

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Acts 28:11 We departed in a ship of Alexandria, which had wintered in the isle, whose sign was Castor and Pollux.

Acts 27:6 And there the centurion found a ship of Alexandria sailing into Italy; and he put us therein.