The Truth Behind Georgia and the Golden Fleece

Golden Fleece: Jason returns with the Golden Fleece.
Jason returns with the Golden Fleece to King Pelias. Photo by Marie-Lan Nguyen (PD), via

If Georgia held the Golden Fleece today, Russia might send its own Jason in to steal it.  Perhaps, in a way, that’s already happening.

The 2008 conflict between Georgia and Russia seems to be winding down, but tensions remain high.  Russia is playing a dangerous and duplicitous game, and likely we’ve not heard the last of this conflict.

Russia, not too many years ago, told the world to stay out of its internal conflict in Chechnya, not far from Georgia in the Caucasus Mountains region.  Yet, here it has been interfering in what Georgia would characterize as its own internal conflict with two breakaway regions — South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

In a classic case of, what one reporter called, “carrot and stick” approach, Russia has, for years, aided and squeezed Georgia — all to Russia’s advantage.  Georgia is in a strategic location — between Russia and the Black Sea, and also in the midst of so many oil pipelines.

With the recent possibility that NATO might invite both Georgia and Ukraine to join their Membership Action Plan, Russia has increased its threats against the two former Soviet republics.  This includes the aiming of nuclear weapons at those two smaller nations.

Both Ukraine and Georgia have had their share of internal conflict.  And recently, the Ukrainian government has collapsed partly over the Georgia-Russia war.  Ukraine may soon be experiencing its third parliamentary elections in two years.  Pro-Moscow factions may ultimately thwart that nation’s bid for closer Western ties.

Russia has a strong military presence in both Georgia and Ukraine.  There is no doubt that they would like to keep it that way.  Would Russia do anything to keep NATO away from its borders?  Would they launch a preemptive strike?  It is sobering to think where that might lead us.

Mythical Georgia and the Golden Fleece

Golden Fleece: Triremes were not used in the quest for the Golden Fleece.
Jason likely did not have a trireme at his disposal in his quest for the Golden Fleece. Illustration: US government (PD).

More than three thousand years ago, Georgia was invaded by a different enemy.  Jason and his Argonauts were on a mission of thievery to steal the Golden Fleece.  A major geographical feature of modern Georgia is that of the Kolkhida Lowlands, a valley that opens up to the eastern Black Sea.  This is named after the fabled land of Colchis (Kolchis), home of King Aeëtes and Princess Medea.  The princess fell in love with Jason and agreed to help him in his quest if he would marry her.  Naturally, he did, but theirs was a tragic tale, filled with betrayal, murder, greed and jealousy.

What was the Golden Fleece? No one today really knows for certain. We don’t even know for sure if it was real. By the same token, though, we don’t know if it was only myth.

The tale also involved golden dragons and the ancient gods of Olympus.  And, by my own research, the people of Colchis, and now Georgia, may be related to the refugees of another land tortured by fate — Atlantis.

We now have proof that something very big happened 9600 BCE, the year Plato’s Atlantis collapsed in the North Atlantic.  Three separate items of scientific evidence support the possibility of that tectonic collapse.

Other evidence tells us that Atlantis was a matriarchy in its final days — not only by the nature of the myths that may be related to Atlantis, but also by the nature of the peoples who may be related to the Atlantean refugees who fled that mythical land.  The Basques and several Native American tribes are related genetically.  Both groups belong to the mitochondrial DNA haplogroup X.  Many of the North American tribes, especially those along the eastern seaboard of the present United States, were matriarchal or matrilineal.  And the historical Basques are noted for their strong women and for the couvade (Basque men suffering sympathetic pregnancy pains).

The Basque words for mother and father are strangely similar to those found in Etruscan (the nation of Northern Italy from whom the Romans learned about civilization).  Only the gender is reversed!  Basque, Etruscan, most (if not all) of the Native American languages, Sumerian, Dravidian, the Mon-Khmer tongues, and Georgian, are all agglutinative languages.  Why would the gender be reversed?  My own speculation is that some of the matriarchal societies, when they switched to one more egalitarian, or patriarchal, kept the term with the role rather than the gender.  Romans and Greeks despised the Etruscans partly because those early Tuscans gave their women so much power.  So, if women (or “mothers”) ruled, then men became the new “mothers.”  It is interesting to note that, in the Etruscan pantheon, there are a god and a goddess whose names match by gender the Basque words for mother and father — not swapped.  So, in very ancient times — between the age of the god and goddess and that of historical Etruscans — the words for “mother” and “father” may very well have been swapped when leadership gender changed.

Georgian for “father” is “mama,” even as Georgian for “mother” is “deda.”  While far from proof of a link to Atlantis, this, along with all the other evidence I’ve gathered, raises suspicions of a possible link.  It bears further investigation.

If indeed these are the children of Atlantis, they’ve had an existence of mixed blessings stretching back nearly twelve thousand years.  If the Golden Fleece and dragon were ancient Atlantean technology, they did nothing to save these people from repeated conquest and strife.

Georgia Today Without the Golden Fleece

Perhaps Georgia acted foolishly by swatting the nose of the bear. They no longer have the Golden Fleece or the dragon to protect them.  Russia is not to be trifled with.  Some of the old Soviet guard are still alive and kicking.  The Georgians may suffer a fate every bit as horrible as that of their putative foremothers.  Yet, instead of an inundation by Poseidon, they may suffer the nuclear fires of the great bear.

 I wish them luck.

What do you know of the ancient myths? Do you think some of them might be based on real events?

This article was published earlier, 2013:0604 on, and originally published 2008:0920 on


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