Erastus Inscription Recreation scale model, resin cast. About 8 by 3 inches. Discovered in 1929 near the ancient theater in Corinth, Greece. It has been dated to the mid-first century and reads "Erastus in return for his ship laid the pavement at his own expense." (Latin: ERASTVS. PRO. AED. S. P. STRAVIT). Scholars have identified this Erastus with the Erastus mentioned in The Epistle to the Romans 16:23. Before this discovery scholars criticized this name as being wrong.