The Biblical City Of
Antioch Of Pisidia
“But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia,
and went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day… ” (Acts 13:14)
Roman aqueduct at Antioch of Pisidia
Antioch of Pisidia
Antioch Of Pisidia
Of the sixteen ancient cities in Turkey named Antioch, only two are of any
significance to Bible students today.
A. One is Antakya (Antioch of Syria; Antioch on the Orontes) and the other is
Antioch of Pisidia (Pisidian Antioch).
B. Both cities played a major part in the early days of the church.
Around 50 A.D., Paul visited Antioch of Pisidia on his first evangelistic journey
(Acts 13:13–14) and his first recorded sermon was preached there (Acts 13:15–51).
I. History Of Antioch Of Pisidia
A. Antioch of Pisidia is located ½ mile north of the village of Yalvac in the
Isparta province in southern Turkey.
B. After the death of Alexander the Great, Seleucus I Nicator, founder of the
Seleucid Dynasty, took control of Pisidia (c. 330–280 B.C.).
1. Seleucus I Nicator founded nearly 60 cities, and 16 of them were named
in honor of his father Antiochus (Antiochos).
2. The cities he captured were soon Hellenized and fortified cities were built
at strategically important places.
3. Judging from coins minted around that time the city must have been
C. In 188 B.C., the Romans defeated Antiochus III and declared Antioch of
Pisidia a free city.
1. In 25 B.C. the Emperor Augustus made Antioch in Pisidia a Roman
colony, gave it the title of Colonia Caesarea Antiochia, and placed the area
under direct Roman control, creating the Roman province of Galatia that
encompassed much of central Asia Minor.
2. As a Roman colony, Antioch of Pisidia was settled by veterans of the
Roman army in their retirement.
3. Paul’s letter to the Galatians would have been directed to the Christians
in Antioch of Pisidia, Iconium, Lystra and Derbe.
4. By the m