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(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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Acastus, dying, confesses his treachery; then some of the Argonauts and the Colchian warriors, led by Aeetes, arrive.
Trapezus not only connected the Cappadocian army on the upper Euphrates with the Euxine but also served the various garrisons on the Colchian coast.
Part of the molange of Ammon is the recondite "ocean-emerald" of Medea ("Colchian witch") which, as well as the gem from Kurdistan (l.
Just after this description of Phaedra as "worse" than all women, including her beast-loving mother, Hippolytus finds the definitive comparandum he is looking for: genitor, invideo tibi: / Colchide noverca maius hoc, maius malum est (Father, I envy you, this is greater, a greater evil than the Colchian stepmother, 696-7).
In Christa Wolf's Medea (1996), as if in homage to the dramatic form of the canonical text standing at the head of her stemma, the novelist uses an ambitious plan in which the subjectivity is passed like a football between Medea, Jason, Glauce, and three socially inferior narrators--a Colchian former pupil of Medea, and two of Creon's Corinthian astronomers.
In Apollonius's celebrated treatment, which found a close imitation in Vergil's Aeneid, the goddess induced her son Eros/Cupid to arouse Medea's passion; Valerius, by contrast, has Venus herself visit the Colchian princess in disguise as her sister Circe.
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.
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.