The name is derived from a king of Troezen, Saron, who drowned in the gulf.
Saron, a mythical king of Troezene, who built a sanctuary of Artemis Saronia on
the sea-coast. Once while chasing a stag into the sea he was drowned, and his
body, which was washed on shore in the grove of Artemis, was buried there, and
the gulf between Attica and Argolis was, from this circumstance, called the Saronic
Gulf (Paus. ii. 30.7). Near Troezene there was a little town called Saron (Steph.
Byz. s. v.), and Troezene itself is said at one time to have been called Saronia
(Eustath. ad Hom.)
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