I commend to you Phoebe our sister, who is a servant of the church that is in Cenchrea (Romans 16:1).
Cenchrea (modern-day Keries) was located seven miles (11 km) east-southeast of Corinth and served as the city’s eastern port into the Aegean and Levant (Asia), while Corinth’s port into Italy and the west was Lechaion. Because of its relation to Corinth, Cenchrea’s prosperity followed Corinth’s, enjoying both greatness and poverty parallel to Corinth. It was located on the Saronic Gulf just south of Isthmia, and was named for Cenchreas, son of Poseidon and Peirene (according to Pausanias). Pausanias also observed that Cenchrea was home to several shrines. In addition to the shrine of Isis, which has been identified by the excavators, there were also sanctuaries of Asclepius and Aphrodite.