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Lucius Sergius Paullus was a Proconsul of Cyprus under
Claudius (1st century AD). He appears in Acts (13:6-13),
where in Paphos Paul, accompanied by Barnabas and John,
overcame the attempts of Bar-Jesus or Elymas and converted
Sergius to Christianity.
A boundary stone of Claudius mentioning Sergius was
discovered at Rome in 1887. It records the appointment (AD
47) of the Curators of the banks and the channel of the
river Tiber, one of whom was Sergius. Since Paul's journey
to Cyprus is usually dated to the first half of the 40s (and
some scholars would date his visit even earlier), it is
thought Sergius first served his three years as Proconsul at
Cyprus, then returned to Rome, where he was appointed
curator. As he is not greeted in Paul's Epistle to the
Romans, it is possible he died before it was written.
Some mediŠval legends have anachronistically identified him
with Paul of Narbonne.
He was the first of six successive Senators named Lucius
Sergius Paullus, of Antioch, Pisidia, including one Consul
Suffect in 94 and another Consul in 168, the last of whom
was Lucius Sergius Paullus, Senator, father of Sergia
Paulla, who married Quintus Anicius Faustus, Legate of
Numidia and Consul in 198, and had Quintus Anicius Faustus
Paulinus, Legate of Moesia Inferior between 229 and 230 or
c. 230 to 232.