The northeastern Mediterranean Sea between the east coast of Greece and Turkey is named after the Greek mythical figure Aegus, King of Athens and father of the legendary hero Theseus. Here are countless islands or groups of islands such as the Dodecanese, Sporades and Cyclades (Cyclades). Most of them were settled by the Greeks in 1000 B.C. Wine growing and wine culture has an ancient tradition on many of these islands. Already in ancient times the best Greek wines were produced here and were delivered as far as Rome. On Chios (Khios) the poet Homer (8th century B.C.) died, the island was considered the "Bordeaux of Greek wines" in ancient times. In the Middle Ages, especially the sweet wines from the islands became popular, which were shipped via the port of Monemvasia. The most important ones are Crete, Lesvos, Limnos, Mykonos, Paros, Rhodes, Samos and Santorini (picture). Most have appellations classified as POP (formerly OPAP). The vineyards cover about 9,000 hectares of vine area. See also under Ionian Islands (west coast of Greece).