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Aegean Sea Islands: map showing island groups.
Aegean Sea Islands: map showing island groups.

The Aegean Islands (Greek: Νησιά Αιγαίου, Nisiá Aigaíou; ) are a group of islands in the Aegean Sea, with mainland Greece to the west and north and Turkey to the east; the island of Crete delimits the sea to the south. The ancient name of the Aegean Sea, Archipelago, was later applied to the islands it contains and is now used, generally, to refer to any island group. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Look up Aegean Sea in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For other uses, see Crete (disambiguation). ... Classical antiquity is a broad term for a long period of cultural history centered on the Mediterranean Sea, which begins roughly with the earliest-recorded Greek poetry of Homer (7th century BC), and continues through the rise of Christianity and the fall of the Western Roman Empire (5th century AD... The Mergui Archipelago The Archipelago Sea, situated between the Gulf of Bothnia and the Gulf of Finland, the largest archipelago in the world by the number of islands. ...

The Greek Aegean Islands are subdivided into numerous groups (from north to south):

Almost all of the Aegean Islands belong to Greece, being split among nine administrative peripheries. Turkish possessions include Imbros (Gökçeada), Tenedos (Bozcaada), and eight more islets off Turkey's western coast. This is a list of islands in the Aegean Sea. ... This is a list of some of the 3000 islands of Greece: Chrysi Crete Dia Euboea Gavdos Koufonisi Ydra The Cyclades Amorgos Anafi Andros Antiparos Anydro Delos Donoussa Folegandros Gyaros Ios Irakleia Kea Keros Kimolos Kithnos Makronisos Milos Mykonos (Mikonos) Naxos Paros Pholegandros Santorini (also called Thira) Serifos Sifnos Sikinos... Euboea or Negropont (Modern Greek: Εύβοια Evia, Ancient Greek Εúβοια Eúboia; see also List of traditional Greek place names), is the largest island of the Greek archipelago. ... Argo-Saronic Islands is a term combining the islands in the neighboring Saronic Gulf and Argolic Gulf, both of which open into the Aegean Sea. ... The Cyclades (Greek Κυκλάδες) are a Greek island group in the Aegean Sea, south-east of the mainland of Greece; and an administrative prefecture of Greece. ... The Dodecanese (Greek Δωδεκάνησα, Dodekánisa, Turkish Onikiada, both meaning twelve islands; Italian Dodecaneso) are a group of 12 larger plus 150 smaller Greek islands in the Aegean Sea, off the southwest coast of Turkey. ... For other uses, see Crete (disambiguation). ... The peripheries (περιφέρειες) are the subnational divisions of Greece. ... Location of Imbros Imbros, officially known as Gökçeada (older name in Turkish: Ä°mroz; Greek: Ίμβρος – Imvros), is the largest island of Turkey, part of Çanakkale Province. ... Gökçeada and Bozcaada are two islands in the Aegean Sea which are part of Canakkale Province in Turkey. ...

Territoriality regarding the sea and some of the islands, as well as the airspace above them, is a source of ongoing dispute between Greece and Turkey and has changed over time. The Italian Aegean Islands (Italian: Isole Italiane dell-’Egeo) is sometimes used to refer to the Aegean islands conquered by Italy during the Italo-Turkish War in 1912 and annexed (through the Treaty of Lausanne) from 1923 until 1947: the Dodecanese, including Rhodes and Castelrosso (Kastelorizo). The term Aegean dispute refers to a set of interrelated controversial issues between Greece and Turkey over sovereignty and related rights in the area of the Aegean Sea. ... Combatants Italy Ottoman Empire Commanders Luigi Caneva Ismail Enver Mustafa Kemal Ataturk Strength 100,000 28,000 Casualties 3,380 dead 4,220 wounded 14,000 dead 5,370 wounded The Italo-Turkish or Turco-Italian War (also known in Italy as guerra di Libia, the Libyan war, and in... Borders as shaped by the treaty The Treaty of Lausanne (July 24, 1923) was a peace treaty that settle a part of the partitioning of the Ottoman Empire that reflected the consequences of the Turkish Independence War between Allies of World War I and Turkish national movement, (Grand National Assembly... Rhodes (Greek: Ρόδος Rhódhos; Italian Rodi; Ladino: Rodi or Rodes; Ottoman Turkish: Rodos) is the largest of the Dodecanese islands in terms of both land area and population, situated in eastern Aegean Sea. ... Location map Kastelorizo, current official name in Greek is Μεγίστη/Megisti; (Turkish: Meis , Italian: Castelrosso), is a small Greek island located in the Eastern Mediterranean. ...

See also

This is a list of Aegean Islands. ... This is a list of islands of Turkey. ... This is a list of some of the 1400 islands of Greece, of which 227 are inhabited. ...


  • Aegean Sea, The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05.

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