The name of the Aegean Sea is popularly associated with Theseus, since myth tells us that his father, Aegeus, jumped into the sea when he thought his son had died, but there are other possible origins: Aegea is the name of an Amazon queen who drowned in the Aegean Sea, and the Aegean Sea may have been named for the Macedonian city of Aegae (Vergina).
The Greeks divided Aegean Sea north to south into the
- Myrtoan, south of Euboea, Attica, Argolis, but west of the Cyclades,
- Icarian, along Asia Minor, and
- Cretic, north of Crete.
Eric Herbert Warmington "Aegean Sea" The Oxford Classical Dictionary.