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The Myrtoan Sea is often unmarked on modern maps. As described by the ancients, it lies between the Cyclades (on the right) and the large peninsula known as the Peloponnesos.

The Myrtoan (Mirtoan) Sea (Greek: Mυρτώο Πέλαγος, Myrtöo Pelagos) is a subdivision of the Mediterranean Sea that lies between the Cyclades and the Peloponnesos. It is described as the part of the Aegean Sea south of Euboea, Attica, and Argolis.[1]

The Saronic Gulf, the gulf of Athens, lies between the Corinth Canal and the Myrtoan Sea.

Names

It is said to have been named after the mythical hero Myrtilus, who was thrown into this sea by an enraged Pelops. The name has also been connected with that of the maiden Myrto. It is also said to have derived its name from a small island named Myrtus.

Classical references

  • Horace makes a reference to Mare Myrtoum in Liber I, Carmen I, line 14 ("Ad Maecenatem").[2]
  • Pliny the Elder (iv. 11. s. 18) considers the Myrtoan a part of the Aegean.
  • Strabo distinguishes between the Myrtoan and Aegean; Strabo wrote that the Aegean terminated at the promontory of Sunium in Attica.

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Coordinates: 37°00′00″N 24°00′00″E / 37.000°N 24.000°E / 37.000; 24.000

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