It originally belonged, it appears, to a Boeotian ram, who had taken on his back two children, when in danger of their lives, and fled with them over land and sea as far as Colchis.
Why, if you will believe me, they were the sons of that very Phrixus, who, in his childhood, had been carried to Colchis on the back of the golden-fleeced ram.
When the princes understood whither the Argonauts were going, they offered to turn back, and guide them to Colchis.
After this (being now under the guidance of the two princes, who were well acquainted with the way), they quickly sailed to Colchis.
It put him into the worst possible humor, therefore, to hear that the gallant Prince Jason, and forty-nine of the bravest young warriors of Greece, had come to Colchis with the sole purpose of taking away his chief treasure.
It makes a holiday in Colchis whenever such a thing happens.
Unless you set sail from Colchis before to-morrow's sunrise, the king means to burn your fifty-oared galley, and put yourself and your forty-nine brave comrades to the sword.
At the appointed hour you might again have seen Prince Jason and the Princess Medea, side by side, stealing through the streets of Colchis, on their way to the sacred grove, in the center of which the Golden Fleece was suspended to a tree.
The Haitian Egyptologist reproduces Volney's historic observation: "When I saw that characteristically Negro head, I remembered this remarkable passage in Herodotus where he sates, 'I believe that the Colchis
are a colony of Egyptians because, like the latter, they have a black skin and wooly hair.