By NT times the name Italy denoted the area of modern Italy, and Rome, its capital, controlled an empire with good roads radiating in every direction. These encouraged both merchants and immigrants (including many Jews). According to Acts 18: 2 Aquila and Priscilla came from Italy to Corinth after an edict extraditing Jews. In Heb. 13: 24 ‘those from Italy’ send greetings; but it is uncertain whether these are Italians resident in another country who send their good wishes to friends at home, or whether the greetings are sent from Italy to readers elsewhere.