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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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366-67), an unnavigable and uncivilized ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]) sea, was dominated by the piracy of the Heniochi, Colchians, Tauri, and Bosporans until the classis Pontica pacified these waters and 3000 'hoplites' manned the coasts.
The Colchians adopted Greek coinage and some Greeks settled there.
In Book II, Chapter 104, of his history he says: 'I believe the Colchians are the color of Egyptians, because like them they have black skin and wooly hair.
The Argonautic parergon is a double simile that appears in the account of the outrage of the Colchians at the discovery of Medea's aid to Jason in securing the golden fleece.
During this part of the journey, which concludes when the Greeks reach the Black Sea, the army is compelled to make its way through snow-covered mountain passes and to fight on a daily basis against valiant foes, including Kurds, Chaldaeans, Taochians, Chalybeans, Phasians, Macronians, and Colchians.
Medea speaks openly of herself and her fellow Colchians as 'refugees' in Corinth.
He records the conversion of "Zathus, a heathen King reigning over the Colchians," concluding with the general comment: "Several other barbarous nations are recorded to have renounced heathenism and embraced Christianity about this time, that I cannot stand to mention" (pp.