Publius: "the chief man of the island" of Malta
(Acts 28:7) who courteously
entertained Paul and his shipwrecked companions for three days, till
they found a more permanent place of residence; for they remained on
the island for three months, till the stormy season had passed. The
word here rendered "chief man" (protos) is supposed by some to be
properly a Maltese term, the official title of the governor.