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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.
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(Placename) an ancient country on the Black Sea south of the Caucasus; the land of Medea and the Golden Fleece in Greek mythology
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(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
Greek mythology - the mythology of the ancient Greeks
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Colchian King Aeetes kept the Fleece in his possession.
(32) 'She commands that wild fig trees uprooted from graves, cypresses used in funerals, and eggs of the repugnant frog smeared with blood, and feathers of a nocturnal screech-owl, and herbs that Iolcos and Hiberia produce, fertile lands of poisons, and bones taken from the mouth of a starving dog, are well burnt in Colchian flames.' As Watson explains in his commentary, frogs or toads, the eggs thereof, birds' feathers, and bones can actually be found in the formulae of the Greek Magical Papyri and the recipes ascribed to the magi in Pliny's Naturalis Historia.
(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.
The speaker pieces together both the god's body and its paraphernalia in a conglomeration of gems: 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.
Jy's 'n Colchian. Niemand lag vir 'n Colchian woman nie.
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..." Zika notes that "the cauldron, which was to become representative of witchcraft activity in the sixteenth century ...
Aeetes' response is not what he might have wished, however; after deciding not to attack them on the spot, the Colchian king asks (3.401):
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.(8)
In Euripides' retelling of the legend, the Colchian princess Medea has married the hero Jason.
In Greek mythology, a sorceress and priestess of Hecate, daughter of the Colchian king Aeetes, and wife of Jason, later of Aegeus.