Cyrillona (fl. 4th century AD) (alternative spelling: Qurilona, a diminutive from Kyrillos) was an early Syriac poet. He was the younger contemporary of Ephrem the Syrian. Gustav Bickell has referred to him as the most important Syriac poet after Ephrem.[1] He was a contemporary of Balai of Qenneshrin.[2]

It is speculated that he might have been a nephew of Ephrem the Syrian.[3][4]

Only five of Cyrillona's poems survive, each examined and explained by Griffin, but "On the Grain of Wheat" is of doubtful authenticity.[5] His poem On Zaccheus,[6] is about the invasion of Syria by Huns,[2] is preserved on the manuscript BL Add. 14,591 kept at the British Library.[1]


– mons. Costantino Vona (a cura di), I carmi di Cirillona. Studio introduttivo - traduzione - commento, Roma Parigi Tournai New York, Desclée & C. editori pontifici. - Carl Griffin, Cyrillona. A Critical Study and Commentary, Piscataway (NJ), Gorgias, 2016. - Calr Griffin (ed.),The Works of Cyrillona, Piscataway (NJ), Gorgias, 2016.


  1. ^ a b "Cyrillona: A Critical Study and Commentary". Retrieved 2015-08-13.
  2. ^ a b "". Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2015-08-13.
  3. ^ Murray, R. (2006). Symbols of Church and Kingdom: A Study in Early Syriac Tradition. Bloomsbury Publishing. p. 34. ISBN 9780567429506. Retrieved 2015-08-13.
  4. ^ "Full text of "A Brief Outline of Syriac Literature"". Retrieved 2015-08-13.
  5. ^ Griffin, Carl. Cyrillona: A Critical Study and Commentary. Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press. The underlying dissertation is available online [1]
  6. ^ "Fullscreen | Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship". Archived from the original on 2015-08-13. Retrieved 2015-08-13.


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