“And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Barjesus:”
King James Version (KJV)
13:6 Paphos was on the western, Salamis on the eastern part of the island.
Ac 13:6 When they had gone through the isle. The island was about 130 miles long by fifty wide. Salamis being at the east and Paphos at the west extremity. Paphos. This was at this time the capital. It was noted for the worship of Venus. Found a certain sorcerer. A magician. Though the law forbade witchcraft and magic (De 18:9-22 Le 19:31), yet contemporaneous history shows that at this period the Jewish magicians had great influence. Marius, Pompey, Crassus, and Tiberius were all more or less under their sway. A false prophet. Falsely professing inspiration.