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Roman Provinces of Macedonia, Achaia and Dalmatia

The Roman province of Achaia (or Achaea), located in Greece, is mentioned eleven times in the King James Version (KJV) Bible (Acts 18:12, 27, 19:21, Romans 15:26, 16:5, 1Corinthians 16:15, 2Corinthians 1:1, 9:2, 11:10, 1Thessalonians 1:7 - 8). It was created when the entirety of the country was divided into two provincial territories.

The division of Greece, in 27 B.C. carved up the country into the provinces of Macedonia and Achaia. Cities mentioned in the New Testament within these two areas of Greece include Athens (Acts 17:15 - 16, 22, 18:1), Corinth (Acts 18:1, 19:1, etc.) and Cenchrea (Acts 18:18, Romans 16:1, 27).

"Under Octavian Greece continued to be ruled as one province of Macedonia. However, in 27 B.C. Achaia became a senatorial province in its own right. This new administrative area, under the governorship of a proconsul, consisted of an area which incorporated the Peloponnese, Attica, Boeotia, Aetolia, Thessaly and part of Epirus" (Book of Acts in its Graeco-Roman Setting, Chapter 12).

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Achaia in Greece was one of the four Roman provinces on which the Apostle Paul focused the majority of his evangelist efforts. The other three provinces in which he spent the majority of his time were Asia, Macedonia (northern Greece) and Galatia. He wrote his first two epistles, the first and second book to the church in Thessalonica, from this area of the world.

Dalmatia (Illyricum)

The ancient area of Illyricum (Dalamatia) was not considered a part of Greece in the first century A.D. The modern country of Albania contains much of the territory of this old province. Illyricum, which became a Roman province in 167 B.C., is one of the earliest Rome formed outside of Italy (the earliest being Sicilia in 240).

In 10 A.D. Illyricum was split into two provincial areas, Pannonia in the north and Dalmatia in the south. The New Testament does not record the names of any cities within Dalmatia (Illyricum). The province is referenced only twice in the KJV Bible.

For Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present age, and has gone to Thessalonica; Crescens, to Galatia; Titus, to Dalmatia (2Timothy 4:10, HBFV).

For I (the Apostle Paul) will not presume to speak about anything that Christ has not worked out by me for the obedience of the Gentiles, through word and work, Through the power of signs and wonders, in the power of the Spirit of God; so that in a circuit from Jerusalem to Illyricum . . . (Romans 15:18 - 19)

The people of Dalmatia were known to be brave and warlike, and caused the Empire a great deal of trouble.


Macedonia, located in the northern part of Greece, is found twenty-eight times in the KJV New Testament. It became a Roman province in 147 B.C. One year later, the region known as Epirus was incorporated in Macedonia and stayed within the provincial boundaries well past the first century A.D.

New Testament cities within this area include Berea (Acts 27:10, 13, 20:4), Thessalonica (the capital city - Acts 17:1, 11, 13, etc.), Philippi (Acts 16:12, 20:6, 1Corinthians 16:24, etc.), Amphipolis (Acts 17:1), Appollonia (Acts 17:1), Neapolis (Acts 16:11) and Nicopolis (Titus 3:12, 15).

Macedonia (which is still part of modern-day Greece) is well known, in part, due to its link with Alexander the Great as the third great world power revealed in Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar's and the prophet Daniel's dreams (Daniel 2, 7, 8).

The Apostle Paul, during his fifth and final missionary journey, stays, for a short period, in Nicopolis and writes the epistles of 1Timothy and Titus. He then leaves to fulfill his goal of preaching the gospel in Spain (Romans 15:24, 28) and (highly likely) Britain.

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