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The Golden Fleece: Myth, Euhemeristic Explanation and Archaeology

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‘The Golden Fleece’ figures in Greek mythology as the principal objective of the expedition of the Argonauts. The question of the essence and real meaning of the Golden Fleece is widely discussed in the Classical world and modern specialist literature as well. It can be hypothesized that in Greek stories about the Argonauts the Golden Fleece was a symbol of a protector of royal power. The country where the Golden Fleece was preserved, i.e. Aea/Colchis, is identified with modern Western Georgia. The richness of Colchis in metal, mainly gold, became a basis for the euhemerizing, i.e. rationalist explanation, of the Golden Fleece.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Georgian Academy of Sciences, Tbilisi, Georgia

Publication date: February 1, 2001

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