Posts Tagged ‘King Aieti’

The Golden Fleece

Thursday, August 18th, 2011
Argonauts

Argonauts

The most known Georgian myth is “The Golden Fleece“, the story about King Aieti and his daughter Medea, who had  the skin of ram with golden wool.

Fifty Greek heroes (Argonauts) under Jason, Greek Hero,  set out their quest of the Golden Fleece. Their name derives from their ship name “Argo“. The Greeks were fascinated and enthralled with the gorgeousness and splendor of  Aietes’ palace: its fence, wide gates, tall stone columns adorned with copper merlons,  4 fountains under green vineyard in his yard. Milk gushed forth from one, wine from another, scented oil from the third and water from the fourth which during Pleiades (i.e. at the onset of winter) warmed and at the beginning summer became cool and pure.

Argo and argonauts

Argo and argonauts

Jason was Aieti‘s guest so he lived great until he demanded from Aieti Golden Fleece. Aiet accepted if Jason performed some tasks.He was to face fire-breathing bulls and make them plow the field before planting the dragon’s teeth in the earth. Jason must then defeat armed men that would spring out of the earth he had just sowed. Aieti was confident Jason would never be able to do that, but Medea, daughter of Aieti was in love to Jason and helped him.

So Jason occupied fleece and escaped with Medea. Aieti had no intention of giving Greeks the ram, so Apsyrtus, the son of Aieti,chase them, but Jason defeated army of hosts and went with ram to Greece.

Medea Statue in Batumi

Medea Statue in Batumi

Diaochi and Qolha – Ancient Georgian kingdoms

Friday, August 12th, 2011

In the late 2000 B.C. kingdoms of Diaochi and Qolha were formed. Diaochi was also known as “Daiaen” in Assyrian people. It was in the southern of ancient Georgia. Ancient Greek leader an historian Xenophon called Diaochians “Taochs“, it is retained from the old Georgian province – “Tao“.

In the XII B.C. Diaochi was in group of countries named “The Nairi Countries“. It was military union against Assyria. Fortune dismissed this union and king of Assyria, King Tiglath, defeated them.

King Menuas, King of Urartu,  calls Diaochi a “powerful country”, which shows that Diaochia was powerful and great country of its time.

Another ancient Georgian Kingdom was Qolha, which was situated northen of Diaochi. As sources report, Qolha ruined Diaochi Kingdom with help of Urartu. It was around VIII B.C. After this Qolha and Urartu divided Diaochi territory and became neighbors.

What about Kingdom of Qolha, it was successful in cattle breeding and metallurgy. The Source tells about seizing cattle and making “The Iron Ring” by king Sardur II.

Source Greek Map: Ancient Qolha, Iberia,Albania... Published in London

Source Greek Map: Ancient Qolha, Iberia,Albania... Published in London

Qolha was such successful Kingdom with some great techniques of metallurgy that Greeks made mythological fantasies and stories about them. The most known is “The Golden Fleece“, the story about King Aieti and his daughter Medea, who had  the skin of ram with golden wool. Fifty Greek heroes (Argonauts) under Jason, Greek Hero,  set out their quest of the Golden Fleece.

More about “The  Golden Fleece” myth you can see here: The Golden Fleece

In real, the myth tells that Qolha was very strong kingdom with high level of agriculture and metallurgy section.

Another Myth about metallurgy is a legend about Amiran that is almost similar to the myth of Prometheus.After stealing fire from Olympos Mountain, angry Zeus to get revenge on Prometheus,carried him to the Caucasus in Georgia.

After Diaochi defeat, Urartu and Qolha became rivals and had many battles, which made sick these two kingdoms. So the Cimmerians finished this wars and ruined either kingdoms. Cimerians had to pass through Qolha in order to get to Urartu.

It is known fact that Georgian word “Gmiri” (Hero) derives from Cimmerians name “Gmir”.

Qolcha coins

Qolcha coins