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N. bishop of Germia (eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of St. Michael holding a scepter in his right hand and a globus in his left hand. Inscription in column at right: Χ|Μ : [Ἀ(ρ)]χ[ά(γγελος)] Μ(ι)χ(αήλ). Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines, a decoration below. Border of dots.

εγ.
σφραγι,
πεφυκα
.υτγερ
μιν

Ἐγ[ὼ] σφραγὶς πέφυκα [θ]ύτου Γερμίων.

Obverse

Bust of St. Michael holding a scepter in his right hand and a globus in his left hand. Inscription in column at right: Χ|Μ : [Ἀ(ρ)]χ[ά(γγελος)] Μ(ι)χ(αήλ). Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines, a decoration below. Border of dots.

εγ.
σφραγι,
πεφυκα
.υτγερ
μιν

Ἐγ[ὼ] σφραγὶς πέφυκα [θ]ύτου Γερμίων.

Accession number BZS.1947.2.2105
Diameter 20.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 5.1.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 822 (listed by Laurent as Coll. Shaw, no. 1128). Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 678.

 

Translation

Ἐγὼ σφραγὶς πέφυκα θύτου Γερμίων.

Ι am the seal of the bishop of Germia.

Commentary

Twelve-syllable verse.

Germia, at 26 km from Sivrihisar, is now called Gümüskonak, and formerly Yörme; it was a suffragan bishopric of Pessinous in Galatia II before being elevated to autocephalous archbishopric after 640, and then to metropolis without suffragans in the eleventh century. The see disappears after the beginning of the fourteenth century. It possessed a famous shrine of St Michael, who is regularly represented on the seals of its prelates. See ODB II, 847-848; Laurent, Corpus V/1, 638; Belke-Restle, Galatien und Lykaonien, 166-168, 247. List of prelates in Fedalto, HEO I, 65.