Aegean Islands


Aegean Islands

The Aegean Islands ( _el. Νησιά Αιγαίου, "Nisiá Aigaíou"; _tr. Ege Adaları) 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 more generally, to refer to any island group.The Greek Aegean Islands traditionally subdivided into seven groups, from north to south:
*Northeastern Aegean Islands
*Sporades
*Euboea
*Argo-Saronic Islands
*Cyclades
*Dodecanese (Southern Sporades)
*Crete

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.

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 term Italian Aegean Islands ( _it. 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).

ee also

*List of Aegean Islands
*List of islands of Turkey
*List of islands of Greece

References

* [http://www.bartleby.com/65/ae/AegeanSe.html Aegean Sea] , The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05.


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