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What was the original name of the Aegean Sea?


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February 01, 2009 8:33AM

The sea was traditionally known as Archipelago, the general sense of which has since changed to refer to the Aegean Islands and, generally, to any island group because the Aegean Sea is remarkable for its large number of islands.

In ancient times there were various explanations for the name Aegean. It was said to have been named after the Greek town of Aegae, or after Aegea, a queen of the Amazons who died in the sea, or Aigaion, the "sea goat", or among the Athenians, Aegeus, the father of Theseus, who drowned himself in the sea when he thought his son had died.

In the Bulgarian language the sea is also known as White Sea.