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The Forgotten Ancient Kingdom of Colchis

Anyone familiar with Greek legends has heard of the Colchis Kingdom. It was to here that the band of heroes known as the Argonauts ventured in order to obtain the Golden Fleece, a symbol of authority and kinship, and it is here that Jason betrayed Medea, Princess of Colchis. There is no way of knowing how much of the Tale of the Golden Fleece is fact and how much is fiction, but Colchis was a real life ancient kingdom that had an important influence on the development of the medieval kingdom, and subsequently the modern state, of Georgia. The Greeks portrayed the proto-Georgian state as a wealthy kingdom and a formidable opponent. Perhaps it once was. However, throughout much of history, Colchis was contested by nearly every major historical power.

 

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