IRCyr   Inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica

M.136. Mason's mark ?

Description: Marble paving slab (w: 1.56 x h: 0.65 depth not measurable)
Text: Inscribed in the centre of the exposed face.
Letters: 0.06; in ligature

Date: Sixth century A.D

Findspot: Gebel Akhdar: West of Cyrene: Theodorias/Gasr Leibia, in the East Church, nave floor, on the the north side; found in 1957
Original location: Let into the floor on the north side of the nave of the church
Last recorded location: Findspot


ΜΚ (or) ΣΥ



English translation

Translation by: Charlotte Roueché

(Not usefully translatable)


An isolated letter ε at the lower left corner suggests that the stone was re-used. This appears to mbe a mason's mark, perhaps for Μακάριος (cf M.134, M.138), but it is unusual for the builder to claim ownership in this way. If the letters are ΣΥ, then they are from an earlier period.

Bibliography: Reynolds, 1960 no. 23, whence SEG 18.770 PHI 324467; Reynolds-Ward-Perkins-Goodchild, 2003, 281.a2
Text constituted from: Transcription (Reynolds).


   Fig. 1. Front view (1961, Joyce Reynolds)