Cyre’nius (warrior), the Greek form of the Roman name of Quirinus. The full name is Publius Sulpicius Quirinus. He was consul b.c. 12, and was made governor of Syria after the banishment of Archelaus in a.d. 6. He probably was twice governor of Syria; his first governorship extended from b.c. 4 (the year of Christ’s birth) to b.c.