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This would account for the presence of Jews in the city by the time of Paul's arrival in the 1st century AD.
In 188 BC, the Romans defeated Antiochus III and declared Pisidian Antioch a free city.
The only other direct biblical reference to Pisidian Antioch is in 2 Timothy , where the author mentions the unpleasant experience in the city.
On their return journey, they stopped by Antioch and encouraged the Christian converts.
The theater was enlarged and anew agora and porticoes were built.