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RHEGIUM (now Reggio ) was an old Greek colony near the south-western extremity of Italy, and close to the point from which there is the shortest passage to Sicily. Messana (modern Messina) on the opposite side is but 6 or 7 miles distant from Rhegium. The whirlpool of Charybdis and the rock of Scylla are in this neighbourhood, and were a terror to the ancient navigators with their small vessels. Rhegium was in consequence a harbour of importance, where favourable winds were awaited. The situation of the city exposed it to changes of government. In the 3rd cent. b.c. Rome entered into a special treaty with it. In NT times the population was mixed Græco-Latin. St. Paul’s ship waited here one day for a favourable south wind to take her to Puteoli. Acts 28:13 describes how the ship had to tack to get from Syracuse to Rhegium, owing to the changing winds.

A. Souter.

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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Rhegium'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. https://www.studylight.org/​dictionaries/​eng/​hdb/​r/rhegium.html. 1909.