Libyan Sea

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The Libyan Sea (Greek Λιβυκόν πέλαγος, Latin Libycum Mare) is the portion of the Mediterranean Sea, north of the African coast of ancient Libya, i.e. Cyrenaica and Marmarica (the coast of what is now eastern Libya and western Egypt, between Tobruk and Alexandria).[1] This designation was used by ancient geographers describing the southern Mediterranean, but the term is also used by modern travel writers and cartographers.[2] The southern coastline of Crete which borders the Libyan Sea includes the Asterousia Mountains and Mesara Plain; this area is the locus of considerable ancient Bronze Age settlement including the sites of Kommos, Hagia Triada and Phaistos.[3]

Except from Crete other islands in Libyan sea are Gavdos, Gavdopoula, Koufonisi and Chrysi.

To the east is the Levantine Sea, to the north the Ionian Sea, and to the west the Strait of Sicily.

View of Frangokastello plain and Libyan Sea from Crete.

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  1. ^ George Ripley and Charles Anderson Dana, The New American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge, 1861, D. Appleton and Co.
  2. ^ Crete Map, Eastern Crete Development Organization (2004) Fotis Serfas
  3. ^ C.Michael Hogan, Phaistos fieldnotes, The Modern Antiquarian, 2007

Coordinates: 34°00′N 24°24′E / 34.000°N 24.400°E / 34.000; 24.400