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Ionian Sea
""Ionian Sea map.png
Map of the Ionian Sea
Location Europe
Coordinates 38°N 19°E / 38°N 19°E / 38; 19"Coordinates: 38°N 19°E / 38°N 19°E / 38; 19
"Type "Sea
"Primary outflows "Mediterranean Sea
"Basin countries "Albania, "Italy, "Greece
"Islands "List of islands in the Ionian Sea
Settlements "Igoumenitsa, "Parga, "Preveza, "Astakos, "Patras, "Kerkyra, "Lefkada, "Argostoli, "Zakynthos, "Kyparissia, "Pylos, "Kalamata, "Himarë, "Saranda, "Syracuse, "Catania, "Taormina, "Messina, "Taranto
The Ionian Sea, view from the island "Kefalonia, "Greece
The Ionian Sea, as seen from "Corfu Island, "Greece, and with "Saranda, Albania in the background

The Ionian Sea ("Greek: Ιόνιο Πέλαγος, Greek pronunciation: "[iˈonio ˈpelaɣos], "Italian: Mar Ionio, Italian pronunciation: "[mar ˈjɔːnjo], "Albanian: Deti Jon, Albanian pronunciation: "[dɛti jɔ:n]) is an elongated embayment of the "Mediterranean Sea, south of the "Adriatic Sea. It is bounded by southern "Italy including "Calabria, "Sicily, and the "Salento peninsula to the west, southern "Albania to the north, and the west coast of "Greece.

All major islands in the sea belong to "Greece. They are collectively referred to as the "Ionian Islands, the main ones being "Corfu, "Zakynthos, "Kephalonia, "Ithaca, and "Lefkada. There are "ferry routes between "Patras and "Igoumenitsa, Greece, and "Brindisi and "Ancona, Italy, that cross the east and north of the Ionian Sea, and from "Piraeus westward. "Calypso Deep, the deepest point in the Mediterranean at −5,267 m (−17,280 ft), is located in the Ionian Sea, at 36°34′N 21°8′E / 36.567°N 21.133°E / 36.567; 21.133.[1][2] The sea is one of the most "seismically active areas in the world.



Boundaries of the Ionian Sea. Red lines define the I.H.O. border.

The name Ionian comes from the Greek language Ἰόνιον (πέλαγος). Its etymology is unknown.[3] Ancient Greek writers, especially "Aeschylus, linked it to the myth of "Io. In "Ancient Greek the adjective Ionios (Ἰόνιος) was used as an "epithet for the sea because Io swam across it.[4][5][6] According to the "Oxford Classical Dictionary, the name may derive from "Ionians who sailed to the West.[7] There were also narratives about other "eponymic legendary figures;[8] according to one version, Ionius was a son of Adrias (eponymic for the "Adriatic Sea); according to another, Ionius was a son of Dyrrhachus.[9] When Dyrrhachus was attacked by his own brothers, "Heracles, who was passing through the area, came to his aid, but in the fight the hero killed his ally's son by mistake. The corpse was cast into the sea, which thereafter was called the Ionian Sea.[9]



The "International Hydrographic Organization defines the limits of the Ionian Sea as follows:[10]

On the North. A line running from the mouth of the "Butrinto River (39°44'N) in "Albania, to Cape Karagol in "Corfu (39°45'N), along the North Coast of Corfu to Cape Kephali (39°45'N) and from thence to "Cape Santa Maria di Leuca in Italy.
On the East. From the mouth of the Butrinto River in Albania down the coast of the mainland to "Cape Matapan.
On the South. A line from Cape Matapan to "Cape Passero, the Southern point of "Sicily.
On the West. The East coast of Sicily and the Southeast coast of Italy to Cape Santa Maria di Leuca.


Gjipe in the Southern of "Albania where the Adriatic Sea meets the Ionian Sea
The Ionian Sea, view from the island "Lefkada, Greece

From south to north in the west, then north to south in the east:

Gulfs and straits[edit]


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  1. ^ Barale, Vittorio (2008). "The European Marginal and Enclosed Seas: An Overview". In Vittorio Barale and Martin Gade (eds). Remote Sensing of the European Seas. "Springer Science+Business Media. pp. 3–22. "ISBN "978-1-4020-6771-6. "LCCN 2007942178. Retrieved 28 August 2009. 
  2. ^ NCMR - MAP Archived 2009-08-28 at the "Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Babiniotis, Lexiko tis Neoellinikis Glossas.
  4. ^ Jakub Pigoń (18 December 2008). The Children of Herodotus: Greek and Roman Historiography and Related Genres. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. p. 114. "ISBN "978-1-4438-0251-2. 
  5. ^ LSJ, A Greek-English Lexicon s.v. Ἰόνιος.
  6. ^ John Freely (30 April 2008). The Ionian Islands: Corfu, Cephalonia and Beyond. I.B.Tauris. p. 10. "ISBN "978-0-85771-828-0. 
  7. ^ John Keahey (15 July 2014). A Sweet and Glorious Land: Revisiting the Ionian Sea. St. Martin's Press. p. 116. "ISBN "978-1-4668-7603-3. 
  8. ^ Charles Anthon (1869). A Classical Dictionary Containing an Account of the Principal Proper Names Mentioned in Ancient Authors [and Intended to Elucidate All the Important Points Connected with the Geography, History, Biography, Mythology, and Fine Arts of the Greeks and Romans: Together with an Account of Coins, Weights, and Measures, with Tabular Values of the Same.]. Harper [& Brothers]. p. 679. 
  9. ^ a b Gocha R. Tsetskhladze (2008). Greek Colonisation: An Account of Greek Colonies and Other Settlements Overseas. BRILL. p. 157. "ISBN "90-04-15576-7. 
  10. ^ "Limits of Oceans and Seas, 3rd edition" (PDF). International Hydrographic Organization. 1953. Retrieved 7 February 2010. 

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