5. Governor of Edessa (A. D. 587) in the reign of the emperor Maurice, was chosen general by the troops who guarded the eastern frontier, and who had, by their mutinous behaviour, put their commander, Priscus, to flight. During the reign of Phocas, we find a Germanus, apparently the same, holding the military command on the same frontier. Narses, a Roman (or Byzantine) general, having revolted and taken possession of Edessa, Germanus was ordered to besiege the town, and was there defeated and mortally wounded (A. D. 604) by a Persian army, which Chosroes or Khosru II., whose assistance the rebel had implored, sent to his relief. (Theophan. Chronog.
vol. i. p. 451, ed. Bonn; Theophylact. Simocat. llist.
3.2, 3, and ap. Phot. Bibl.
cod. 65; Zonar. 14.14
; Cedren. vol. i. p. 710, ed. Bonn.)