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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
Greek mythology - the mythology of the ancient Greeks
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When he reached Colchis Phrixus sacrificed the ram to Zeus.
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.
Strabo left us a detailed description of Colchis, and Alexandre Dumas makes reference to it this way: "The silver tops of the double Caucasian chain still shone in the sky, like petrified clouds.
Other investors included two Tier 1 commercial banks and Colchis Capital Management LLC San Francisco.
Roostify said it has closed a Series A round of financing led by a subsidiary of USAA and included investments from two Tier1 banks and Colchis Capital.