AMPLIATUS (Ἀμπλιᾶτος [Ro 16:8 א ABFG], a common Lat. name of which AV Amplias [Ἀμπλίας, DELP] is a contraction)

Saluted by St. and described as ‘my beloved in the ’ (τὸν ἀγαπητόν μου ἐν Κυρίῳ). The only other persons described in Ro 16 as ‘my beloved’ are Epænetus (v. 5) and Stachys (v. 9). A woman is saluted— with intentional delicacy—as ‘ the beloved’ (v. 12). The precise phrase ‘my beloved in the Lord’ does not occur again in the NT. The special term of endearment might suggest that Ampliatus was a personal convert of St. Paul’s or associated with him in Christian work. Such friends, however, are referred to as ‘beloved child’ (, 1 Co 4:17), ‘beloved brother’ (Tychicus, Eph 6:21), ‘beloved fellow-servant’ (Epaphras, Col 1:7), etc. (cf. art. Beloved). Nothing whatever is known of Ampliatus beyond this reference.

Assuming the of the Epistle and the destination of these salutations, he was perhaps a Roman, whom St. Paul had met on one of his , and who was known by the at the time of to be residing in or visiting . It is interesting to find the name Ampliatus several times in inscriptions belonging to the Imperial familia or household (see , Philippians4, 1878, p. 174, and Sanday-Headlam, Romans5, 1902, p. 424). Sanday-Headlam also refer to a Christian inscription in the catacomb of Domitilla belonging to the end of the 1st or beginning of the 2nd cent. in which the name occurs, possibly as that of a slave or freedman in the . If the view be held that the salutations in Ro 16 were part of a letter to the Church of Ephesus, Ampliatus must have been a Roman, resident in Ephesus, with whom St. Paul became acquainted during his long stay in that city. It is possible that he was a who had taken a name (cf. the names , and a ‘kinsman,’ i.e. a Jew, Ro 16:21).

B. Allworthy.

AV Authorized Version.

art. article.

Allworthy, T. B. (1916-1918). Ampliatus. In J. Hastings (Ed.), Dictionary of the (2 Vols.) (J. Hastings, Ed.) (1:54). : Charles Scribner’s Sons.

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