The Ancient Aegean
The Aegean Sea region was the home of two of the world's earliest civilizations - the Minoan Civilization of Crete, and the great intellectual and military empire of Greece (see Ancient Empires - Greece). It was also the scene of much of the earliest growth of Christianity. The Aegean's ancient name, Archipelago, now applies to its many islands, and by extension has become a geographic term for any grouping of islands.
Facts and Figures:
- The Aegean Sea is located between the Greek peninsula on the west, and Turkey to the east. It is actually a northern arm of The Mediterranean Sea, with Crete forming a geographical division. It is connected to the Black Sea to the north through the Dardanelles, the Sea of Marmara and the Bosporus.
- The Aegean is about 375 miles / 600 kilometers long and 200 miles / 325 kilometers wide, with a total area of approximately 82,600 square miles / 214,000 square kilometers.
- It has many islands, large and small, but perhaps the best-known is The Island Of Patmos, in the eastern section just off the coast of Turkey. It was there that The Apostle John wrote the Book of Revelation - one of the most spectacular of all Bible Prophecy. See also The Seven Seals.
- The apostle Paul traveled widely through and around the Aegean. See Paul's First Missionary Journey and Paul's Second Missionary Journey. Also, Paul's Third Missionary Journey and Paul In Athens.
Fact Finder: After sailing from Crete while being taken as a prisoner to Rome, on what island did Paul's famous shipwreck occur?
See also Malta