Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Colchis, in ancient geography, a district of Asia Minor at the E. end of the Black Sea, and lying just S. of the Caucasus, It is first spoken of by name by Pindar and AEschylus, and was in mythology the home of Medea and of sorcery, and the object sought for by the Argonauts who went to find the golden fleece. It afterwards came into the power of Mithridates, and upon his defeat by Pompey it became a Roman province, afterwards incorporated with Pontus. Its inhabitants presented such a variety of type and nationality that all sorts of theories - none quite satisfactory - were started to account for their presence.