The Aegean Sea region was the home of two of the world's earliest civilizations - the Minoan Civilization of Crete, and the great intellectual and military empire of Greece (see Ancient Empires - Greece). It was also the scene of much of the earliest growth of Christianity. The Aegean's ancient name, Archipelago, now applies to its many islands, and by extension has become a geographic term for any grouping of islands.

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Fact Finder: After sailing from Crete while being taken as a prisoner to Rome, on what island did Paul's famous shipwreck occur?
Acts 28:1
See also Malta

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