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An ancient region on the Black Sea south of the Caucasus Mountains. It was the site of Jason's legendary quest for the Golden Fleece.


(Placename) an ancient country on the Black Sea south of the Caucasus; the land of Medea and the Golden Fleece in Greek mythology


(ˈkɒl kɪs)

an ancient country in Asia S of the Caucasus and bordering on the Black Sea: the land of the Golden Fleece and of Medea in Greek legend.
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Noun1.Colchis - (Greek mythology) a region on the Black Sea to the south of the Caucasus that was the site of an ancient country where (according to Greek mythology) Jason sought the Golden Fleece
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42) After Medea's filicide, Jason directs the same accusation at Medea, but now specifies the occurrence of the fratricide at the hearth ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]) of Medea's Colchian home (1334-5).
131-137, presumably employed it to inspect Roman military installations along the Colchian coast between Trapezus and Dioscurias/Sebastopolis in c.
On pearl and porphyry pedestalled he was too bright to look upon: For on his ivory breast there shone the wondrous ocean-emerald, That mystic, moonlight jewel which some diver of the Colchian caves Had found beneath the blackening waves and carded to the Colchian witch.
But something of the spirit of old Greece Flash'd o'er [Lambro's] soul a few heroic rays, Such as lit onward to the Golden Fleece His predecessors in the Colchian days; 'Tis true he had no ardent love for peace-- Alas
53-4, "though I have to die of Circe's herbs, or the Colchian witch heat for me her cauldron.
Aeetes' response is not what he might have wished, however; after deciding not to attack them on the spot, the Colchian king asks (3.
Nor to these matters was the Colchian [Medea] blind, And though as yet his speech to her was kind, Good heed she took of all his moody ways, And how he loved her not as in past days, And how he shrunk from her, yet knew it not, She noted, and the stammering words and hot, Wherewith as she grew kinder still he strove To hide from her the changing of his love.
In Euripides' retelling of the legend, the Colchian princess Medea has married the hero Jason.
Just after this description of Phaedra as "worse" than all women, including her beast-loving mother, Hippolytus finds the definitive comparandum he is looking for: genitor, invideo tibi: / Colchide noverca maius hoc, maius malum est (Father, I envy you, this is greater, a greater evil than the Colchian stepmother, 696-7).
In Greek mythology, a sorceress and priestess of Hecate, daughter of the Colchian king Aeetes, and wife of Jason, later of Aegeus.
In Christa Wolf's Medea (1996), as if in homage to the dramatic form of the canonical text standing at the head of her stemma, the novelist uses an ambitious plan in which the subjectivity is passed like a football between Medea, Jason, Glauce, and three socially inferior narrators--a Colchian former pupil of Medea, and two of Creon's Corinthian astronomers.
In Apollonius's celebrated treatment, which found a close imitation in Vergil's Aeneid, the goddess induced her son Eros/Cupid to arouse Medea's passion; Valerius, by contrast, has Venus herself visit the Colchian princess in disguise as her sister Circe.