The Libyan Sea (Greek
''Libycum Mare'', Arabic
البحر الليبي) is the portion of the Mediterranean Sea
north of the African
coast of ancient ''Libya''
, i.e. Cyrenaica
, and Marmarica
of what is now eastern Libya
and western Egypt
, between Tobruk
). This designation was used by ancient Geographer
s describing the southern Mediterranean, but the term is also used by modern travel Writers and cartographers. 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
.C.Michael Hogan, ''Phaistos fieldnotes'', The Modern Antiquarian, 2007
Not counting Crete, other islands in the 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.
*Gulf of Sidra
Category:Seas of the Mediterranean Sea