AQUILA and PRISCILLA (Saints) (July 8) (1st century) A husband and wife, natives of Pontus, a province of Asia Minor bordering on the Black Sea. They were tent-makers in Rome during the reign of the Emperor Claudius and with other Jews were thence banished. On their return journey to Asia they halted at Corinth, and there met Saint Paul coming from Athens (Acts 18:3), and received him into their house. He was again their guest at Ephesus, leaving which city at about the same time as the Apostle, they returned to Rome in the fourth year of the reign of Nero. In his Epistle to the Romans Saint Paul sends his greeting to Aquila and Priscilla (Romans 16:3,4,5; see also 1st Corinthians 16:19). They are commonly believed to have returned again to Asia Minor, but there is also a tradition that they suffered martyrdom in Rome as Christians.