13 Interesting Facts About Aegean Sea

Located between Greece and Turkey, the Aegean Sea provides an important trade route for Europe and Asia. The Aegean Sea is an elongated embayment of the Mediterranean Sea. In the north, it is connected to the Marmara Sea and the Black Sea by the Dardanelles and  Bosphorus straits. The Aegean Sea surrounds many Greek and Turkish Islands and provides access to all of them. Back in History, the Aegean Sea was a very useful part for many Greek warriors. To know more, let us go through some interesting facts about the Aegean Sea.

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1. Named After Greek Town

It is said that the sea was named after the Greek town of Aegae. Another derivation may be possible from the Greek word ‘aiges means “waves.
Source: Wikipedia

2. Arm Of Mediterranean

Location of the Aegean Sea and Asia Minor
Location of the Aegean Sea and Asia Minor

The Aegean Sea is an arm of the Mediterranean Sea. It is a bay located between Greece and Anatolia Peninsula or Asia Minor.
Source: britannica.com, Image: Wikimedia

3. Home Of Ancient Civilization

There was a civilization named the Aegean Civilization; was a Bronze age civilization that flourished on the islands in the Sea around 2 millennium BC. In 1876 a German archaeologist, Heinrich Schliemann discovered it.
Source: britannica.com

4. Covering Vast Area

The Aegean Sea view from space
The Aegean Sea view from space

The Aegean Sea is covering the area of 214,000 square km or 83,000 sq miles. It has a maximum length of 700 km or 430 miles and width of around 400 km or 250 miles.
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5. Thousands Of Island

Island of Crete
Island of Crete

The area in the Aegean Sea is known as the Aegean Islands. There are more than 1400 islands in the region in which Crete, Rhodes, Karpathos, Kasos, etc. are some major islands. Crete is the largest Island in the region.
Source: britannica.com, Image: earthobservatory.nasa.gov

6. Home Of The Tourist Giants

Sunset at Santorini
Sunset at Santorini
Oia village in Santorini Island
Oia village in Santorini Island

The Island of Santorini is situated in the southern region of the Aegean Sea, is one of the renowned tourist destinations in the world. Every year, millions of tourists visit the island. This island is famous for its sea beaches, white architecture and village life.
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7. Ancient Name Is “Archipelago”

Traditionally, the Aegean sea was known as the ‘Archipelago,’ which means “chief sea” or “main sea” in Greek.
Source: scienceforkidsclub.com

8. How Deep Is That?

The maximum depth of the Aegean Sea is at the eastern side of Crete, where it reaches 3,543 meters (11,624 feet) below the sea’s surface.
Source: justfunfacts.com

9. Islands Are Volcanic

Volcanic Eruption
Volcanic Eruption

The South Aegean Volcanic Arc is a chain of volcanic islands in the South Aegean Sea formed by plate tectonics. The active portion of the South Aegean Arc comprises a number of dormant and historically active volcanoes, i.e., Milos, Methana, Aegina, Santorini, Kos, Kolumbo, Nisyros, and Yali. Of these, only Kolumbo, Nisyros, and Santorini have been active during the past 100 years.
Source: revolvy.com, Image: Pixabay

10. Boasts Fertile Lands


Some larger islands in the region of the Aegean Sea are very fertile. They produce honey, figs, minerals, mastic, olive, oil, vegetables, raisins, wheat, and wine.
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11. An Island Is Lost

A fifteenth-century Latin translation of Plato's Timaeus
A fifteenth-century Latin translation of Plato’s Timaeus

According to some, the ancient Greek philosopher, Plato, has mentioned an island in his works named, ‘Atlantis’ which does not exist now. However, according to historical records, the Atlantis was a fictional island which was used by Plato in his works ‘Timaeus’ and ‘Critias.’
Source: Wikipedia, Image: Wikimedia

12. Frogs Around A Pond

Plato has referred all the Greeks who were living on the islands in the Aegean Sea, like ‘frogs around a pond’ in his book ‘Phaedo.’
Source: classicsvic.wordpress.com

13. Sea Of Many Important Harbours

Aerial view of the Port of Piraeus
Aerial view of the Port of Piraeus

The Aegean Sea is the sea with many important harbours on its coast. Some harbours are;  Port of Thessaloniki, Port of Piraeus, Port of Heraklion, Port of Chania, Port of Volos, İzmir Harbor, Güllük Port, etc.
Source: ports.com, Image: Wikimedia