Whatever the Antients have said, the Black Sea has nothing Black in it, as I may say, beside the name.
Joseph Pitton de Tournefort, royal botanist to Louis XIV, 1718
There's not a sea the passenger e'er pukes in,
Turns up more dangerous breakers than the Euxine.
The archaeologist's spade
delves into dwellings
vacancied long ago
of life-ways no one
would dream of leading now, …
W. H. Auden