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Aegean Islands

Aegean Islands
(Greece)
Νήσοι Αιγαίου
Nísoi Aigaíou
Aegean Islands (blue) within Greece
Aegean Islands (blue) within Greece
Country Greece
Aegean Islands
(Turkey)
Ege Adaları
Aegean Islands (blue) within Turkey
Aegean Islands (blue) within Turkey
Country Turkey
Aegean Sea Islands map showing island groups
Satellite view of the Aegean Sea and Islands

The Aegean Islands[a][1] are the 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, those of Rhodes, Karpathos and Kasos to the southeast. The ancient Greek name of the Aegean Sea, Archipelago (ἀρχιπέλαγος, archipelagos), was later applied to the islands it contains and is now used more generally, to refer to any island group.

The vast majority of the Aegean Islands belong to Greece, being split among nine administrative regions. The only sizable possessions of Turkey in the Aegean Sea are Imbros (Gökçeada) and Tenedos (Bozcaada), in the northeastern part of the sea. Various smaller islets off Turkey's western coast are also under Turkish sovereignty.

The islands have hot summers and mild winters, a hot-summer Mediterranean climate (Csa in the Köppen climate classification).

Groups of islands

The Aegean Islands are traditionally subdivided into seven groups, from north to south:

The term Italian Islands of the Aegean (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 Kastellorizo. In the Treaty of Peace in 1947, these Italian-controlled islands were ceded to Greece.

Episcopal sees

Ancient episcopal sees of the Roman province of Insulae (the Aegean Islands) listed in the Annuario Pontificio as titular sees :[2]

Ancient episcopal sees of the Roman province of Lesbos (the Aegean Islands) listed in the Annuario Pontificio as titular sees:[2]

See also

Notes

References

  1. ^ (Greek: Νησιά Αιγαίου, romanizedNisiá Aigaíou; Turkish: Ege Adaları)
  2. ^ a b Annuario Pontificio 2013 (Libreria Editrice Vaticana 2013 ISBN 978-88-209-9070-1), "Sedi titolari", pp. 819-1013
  • Aegean Sea, The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001–05.
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