IRCyr   Inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica

M.274. Christian acclamation

Description: Wall of a rock-cut tomb chamber, with M.273, M.274, GVCyr 38.
Text: Painted above a prepared panel, which contains no text.
Letters: No measurements

Date: Fifth to sixth centuries CE

Findspot: Gebel Akhdar: East of Cyrene Bir Tarakanet; found in 1959, in a rock-cut chamber on the east side of the Wadi Tarakenet.
Original location: Findspot.
Last recorded location: Findspot.


1: presumably for Χ(ρίστον) Μ(αρία) Γ(έννᾳ); or Χ(ρίστος ἐκ) Μ(αρίας) Γ(εννηθείς); or Χ(ρίστος) Μ(αρίας) Γ(όνος

English translation

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

Mary bore Christ (or) Christ born of Mary (or) Christ, the Son of Mary.


For discussion of the acronym ΧΜΓ see C. Roueché, Aphrodisias in Late Antiquity (2004), Section 8.20

Bibliography: Goodchild-Reynolds, 1962 no.3.3, pp. 41-46 and pl. XXIIIc; SEG 20.705.a, PHI 324470; Reynolds-Ward-Perkins-Goodchild, 2003, 416.3.
Text constituted from: Transcription (Reynolds).


None available (2020).