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Carpus was an inhabitant of Troas in whose house St. Paul probably lodged on his last journey to Rome. St. Paul writes from his prison to Timothy, and asks him to bring the cloak, books, and parchments which he had left at Troas with Carpus (2 Timothy 4:13). Possibly the Apostle was arrested in Troas and compelled to leave these articles behind. Nothing further is known with any certainty regarding Carpus. The name is Greek, but his nationality is unknown. He is supposed by later tradition to have been one of ‘the Seventy,’ and the Greek Church honours his memory on May 26, the Roman and Syrian Churches on October 13. Both Hippolytus and Dorotheus include his name in their lists of the Seventy, and report that he became bishop of Berythus or Berœa in Thrace (Acta Sanctorum, May 26, Oct. 13; Menologion, May 26; N. Nilles, Kalendarium Manuale, Innsbruck, 1896, i. 165, 461).

W. F. Boyd.

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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Carpus'. Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament. 1906-1918.

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