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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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But there are also no priests, attendants, or guardians, just as there are no Colchians and no Aeetes.
Josephus' Euxine (BJ 2.366-67), 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.
Armah wrote: "Herodotus, in a passage on the Colchians, says: "...
Sometimes he says that the language of one group is similar to, or resembles that of another; for example, the Caunians and the Carians (1.172.1), the Egyptians and the Colchians (2.105.1) and the Sagartians and the Persians (7.85.1).
The Colchians adopted Greek coinage and some Greeks settled there.
Inadze, "[TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] [t'erminebi k'olxi da k'olxeti ant'ik'ur mts'erlobasi; 'The Terms "Colchians" and "Colchis" in Classical Sources']," 43-55; V.
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." (29) Dixon then goes for the jugular and quotes Aristotle on the same subject as well as Count M.
Pichvnari: Results of excavations conducted by the joint British-Georgian Pichvnari expedition; v.1: 1998-2002: Greeks and Colchians on the east coast of the Black Sea.
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. In the end, no more than two-thirds of the Greeks who began the expedition with Cyrus could endure the extreme hardships of battle, frostbite, snow-blindness, disease, and starvation so as to make it to the sea.
Medea speaks openly of herself and her fellow Colchians as 'refugees' in Corinth.