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Giyorgis (George)

Alternate Names: George
Orthodox Church

Giyorgis, or George, Abunä (perhaps fl. late 11th and early 12th century A.D.), was a Metropolitan of Ethiopia appointed at the Emperor’s request by Michael IV, Patriarch of Alexandria from 1092 to 1102. He caused offence by his “infamous affairs and vile deeds,” which led to his arrest by the Emperor. He was sent back to Egypt and, at the Emperor’s request, was imprisoned there for several years.

A. K. Irvine


C. Conti Rossini, Storia d’Etiopia (Bergamo, 1928), 289.

A. S. Atiya, Y. ‘Abd al-Masih, O. H. E. Khs-Burmester, History of the Patriarchs of the Egyptian Church (Cairo, 1959), II, iii, 394-5.

M. Chaine, La chronologie des temps chrétiens de ‘Egypte et de l’Ethiopie (Paris, 1925), 267.

This article is reproduced, with permission, from The Dictionary of Ethiopian Biography, Vol. 1 ‘From Early Times to the End of the Zagwé Dynasty c. 1270 A.D.,’ copyright © 1975, edited by Belaynesh Michael, S. Chojnacki and Richard Pankhurst, Institute of Ethiopian Studies, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. All rights reserved.