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Region located along the eastern coast of the Black Sea south of Caucasus (area
Colchis is the place where Jason and the Argonauts went to conquer the Golden Fleece. It is the birthplace of queen Medea, the sorceress daughter of Æetes, the king of the place, who became Jason's wife.
In his Histories, II, 103-105, Herodotus suggests that Colchis was conquered by an Egyptian Pharao named Sesostris (either Sesostris I or Sesostris III, of the XIIth dynasty, who lived in the XIXth century B. C.) and that the people of Colchis were the descendants of Egyptians who stayed there at the time, but modern history has no knowledge of such an expedition by any Egyptian pharao, though black communities are known to have existed in the area.