IRCyr   Inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica

M.277. Christian boundary marker

Description: Limestone stele, with a roughly moulded top (w: 0.48 x h: 0.92 x d: 0.31).
Text: Inscribed on one face within a rectangle defined by an incised line.
Letters: The letters are quite competently cut, uneven in size (0.05-0.07) with lunate epsilon, sigma and omega and the cross bar of alpha so shaped as to recall chi. There are superscript bars above the abbreviations, and possible indication of the aspirate in lines 1, 4.

Date: Sixth century CE, but an earlier date is not precluded

Findspot: Gebel Akhdar: East of Cyrene: in the hill-top site of Sidi (Siret) Akreim; found in 1995.
Original location: Unknown
Last recorded location: Findspot


Τοῦ ἁγί-
ου Μη-
νᾶ Κ(ύρι)ε
ὁ Θ(εὸ)ϲ β-



English translation

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

Property of the holy Menas. Lord God help (scil. us)


This appears to define ecclesiastical property, presumably belonging to a church or monastery dedicated to Saint Menas. This is the first evvidence for his cult in Cyrenaica

For territorial disputes between Christian institutions Dobias-Lalou, art. cit., cites Synesios, Ep.66, l.216 (available in translation at Livius)

Bibliography: Mohamed-Reynolds, 2000, 1, 1488-90, whence SEG 50.1648; Reynolds-Ward-Perkins-Goodchild, 2003, 407, whence SEG 53.2065, whence Dobias-Lalou, Bulletin Épigraphique, 2004.455.
Text constituted from: Transcription (Reynolds).


None available (2020).