IRCyr   Inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica

C.162. Christian acclamation

Description: Set of three limestone steps (w: 0.85 x h: 0.27) from the stairs to an ambon.
Text: Inscribed on the upper surface of the topmost tread.
Letters: Perhaps sixth century; 0.05 - 0.065; cursive omega. Rather irregular.

Date: Sixth century

Findspot: Cyrene: re-used in early Arab buildings on the site of the East Church. Found in 1956.
Original location: Probably the East Church
Last recorded location: Findspot (1956)


νέα Ῥώμη̣, Κυρήνη.



1: ΜΗΚ in ligature

English translation

Translation source: Reynolds-Ward-Perkins-Goodchild, 2003

New Rome, Cyrene


New Rome is presumably Constantinople; this is apparently an acclamation of the two cities.

Bibliography: Reynolds, 1960 pp.285-6, 3, whence Robert, Bulletin Épigraphique, 1961.835, SEG 18.748, whence PHI 324450; Reynolds-Ward-Perkins-Goodchild, 2003, 153.17
Text constituted from: Transcription (Reynolds).


   Fig. 1. Face (Joyce Reynolds, II.100)

   Fig. 2. Face (Joyce Reynolds, IIΙ.92)