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Colchis

(kŏl`kĭs), ancient country on the eastern shore of the Black Sea and in the Caucasus region. Centered about the fertile valley of the Phasis River (the modern Rion), Colchis corresponds to the present-day region of MingreliaMingrelia
, lowland region, W Georgia, bordering the Black Sea. Tea and grapes are the chief products. Poti is the main port. The Colchis of the ancients, Mingrelia was a vassal principality (with Zugdidi as capital) under the Ottoman Empire. It was annexed to Russia in 1803.
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 in Georgia. In Greek legend it was the home of Aeëtes and Medea, the land where the Golden Fleece was sought by JasonJason,
in Greek mythology, son of Aeson. When Pelias usurped the throne of Iolcus and killed (or imprisoned) Aeson and most of his descendants, Jason was smuggled off to the centaur Chiron, who reared him secretly on Mt. Pelion.
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 and the Argonauts; modern inhabitants of Svanetia, inland from Mingrelia, still use sheepskins to trap gold grains and flakes in streams. Greek trading posts were established in Colchis, but the land remained independent until conquered (c.100 B.C.) and held briefly by Mithradates VI of Pontus. After the time of Trajan to the end of the Roman Empire, Rome exerted considerable influence on the region.

Colchis

 

(Russian, Kolkhida; local name, Egrisi), the Greek name for an ancient region of western Georgia. The name was given by writers in the early first millennium B.C. to the territory of the southeastern and eastern Black Sea region, after the Colchians, who lived there. In the sixth century B.C., the Greek colonies of Dioscurias and Phasis arose there. In the sixth to second centuries B.C., the Colchian Kingdom occupied Colchis, which later became part of the various states of Georgia.

Colchis

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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Our results show that the geological situation in the Svaneti region is the same now as it was 3,300 to 3,500 years ago, when the Argonauts traveled to the kingdom of Colchis," Okrostsvaridze says.
Medea's lamentation here obliquely refers to earlier betrayals of her family in Colchis in order to advance the strategic goals set by Jason.
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63) On Georgia in the ancient world, see David Braund, Georgia in Antiquity: A History of Colchis and Transcaucasian Iberia 550 BC-AD 562 (Oxford: Clarendon, 1994), and Cyril Toumanoff, Studies in Christian Caucasian History (Washington, D.
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Stopping only to gather up gold hidden in a secret treasure-house, Mithradates and his ragtag army led Pompey on a wild goose chase over mountainous terrain to Armenia and vanished into the wilderness of Colchis.
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Si nos planteamos el itinerario que hubiera seguido la embajada, la opcion evidente seria por el norte del Mar Negro y a traves del Caucaso y la Armenia, lo que habria supuesto no pocas dificultades: para empezar, cruzar el territorio sarmata; despues, el territorio de los alanos, enemigos de partos y de romanos, establecidos al norte del Caucaso; haber pasado muy cerca del reino de Colchis, tambien cliente y aliado de Roma; haber atravesado el reino de los hiberos, cuyo territorio se correspondia con el de la actual Georgia, un pueblo aliado de Roma desde epoca de Pompeyo y que controlaba las puertas del Caucaso; y Armenia, que por su parte, estaba dentro de la orbita de los partos en esa epoca (21).