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GERMA (Γέρμη: Eth. Γερμηνός), also called Ἱερὰ Γέρμη, a town of Mysia, situated between the rivers Macestus and Rhyndacus. (Ptol. 5.2.14; Steph. B. sub voce Hierocl.) Ruins of this town are still found in the neighbourhood of Germasloo. Another town of the name of Germa is mentioned in Mysia, between Pergamus and Thyatira. (Itin. Anton.; comp. Arundell, Seven Churches, p. 278.)

The following coin belongs probably to the former of these two places. The letters on the obverse on the right of the standing figure ought to be MHN.


The third and most celebrated place of this name was situated in Galatia, on the site of the modern Yerma, between Pessinus and Ancyra. Ptolemy (5.4.7) calls it a Roman colony, which title is confirmed by the coins found there, and which seems to have been conferred upon it by Vespasian or his sons, for none of these coins are older than Domitian. From ecclesiastical writers we learn that Germa was an episcopal see of Galatia Salutaris, and a Byzantine writer (Theophan. Chron. p., 203) informs us that at a later period Germa took.the name of Myriangeli. (Comp. Hamilton's Researches, i. p, 442.)


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