Colchis in Greek Myth
Dim I Nticoudis
dimadick at hotmail.com
Mon Sep 2 21:28:49 CEST 2002
This theory seems to have gained popularity in Greece since there are
several books based on it published every year.I dfon't think it sounds very
convincing.Though there is some confusion in the legends whether the
Argonauts headed in a western or an eastern direction the name of Colchis
does not only appear in legend.The territory which Greeks called Colchis is
now a part of the modern Republic of Georgia.At the time of the Barks story
it was part of the U.S.S.R.Both Greek and Roman authors have left as plenty
of information on the history of the area and modern archeologist have added
to the picture.I don't see why the mythical and the historical Colchis
should be considered different places.
Furthermore the myth doesn't believe Jason was the first person to reach
Colchis from Greece, at least if you take into account the versions of
Apollonius of Rhodos and his contemporaries.According to them Aeetes was the
first Greek in the area. Aeetes was the son of Helios, the Sun God and his
wife Perseis.His father,who served as protector god of Corinth along with
Poseidon, managed to crown his son King of Corinth.Aeete's sisters were:
1)Circe, the witch who ruled her own island and later became a lover of
Oddysseus and mother of several of his children.
2)and Pasiphaa , the wife of King Minos of Crete and mother of among
others Minotaur.According to the story Aeetes grew restles with time and
decided to leave the throne of Corinth.He chose a replacement and agreed
that if he or his descedents returned to Corinth the replacement and his
descedents would return the throne too.After that he started jurnying for a
while tilled he reached the area he chose to build Colchis and became King
of his own city rather than that of his father.Jason only arrived when
Aeetes was already an aging man.
Circe's own island was placed in the Tyrrhenian Sea and Jason and
Medea,Aeetes daughter,and the Argonauts are supposed to have stopped there
so that Medea's aunt would cleare them from their guilt of the murder of
Apsirt, Medea's brother.
Whether they got there from Georgia or America is probably a matter of
speculation but what seems more probable?
The only Barks stories that seem connected to the Argonauts myth besides
"The Golden Fleecing" seems to be "Oddball Odyssey" where Magica DeSpell
claims to be a distant descedant of Circe and actualy finds her wand and her
writings and "The Many Faces of Magica DeSpell" where she translates another
one of Circe's spells.Whether Miss DeSpell is "truly" a descedant of Circe
and thus also the descedant of Helios and distant relation of Aeetes
,Pasiphaa, Medea, Minotaur and many other persons from Greek Mythologie is
probably open for anyone to speculate.
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