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Atlantis

Computer graphic depicting the concentric rings
Could this be the lost city of Atlantis?

 A legendary island first mentioned in Plato‘s dialogues Timaeus and Critias.

Atlantis

A naval power lying “in front of the Pillars of Hercules” that conquered many parts of Western Europe and Africa 9,000 years before the time of Solon, or approximately 9,600 BC.  Solon got the story from Egyptian priests as he traveled through Egypt.  Plato is relating this story that Solon, his grandfather, recounted to him.

According to Plato’s grandfather this story and many others regarding the history of mankind from “the early times” were recorded in the Egyptian library.  The Egyptians were known to be meticulous record-keepers.  Could the ancient Egyptians have known, interacted and traded with the people of Atlantis?

Some scholars believe that Plato told this story as a tale of morality only, even though Plato’s dialogues contain highly specific details of Atlantis society, location, size and shape; descriptions of the frescoes painted on the walls of their homes.  Plato’s account of Atlantis even includes games the Atlanteans played and reads more like a travelogue or a history lesson more so than some mythical utopia created wholly from imagination purely to make a moral point.

Atlantis and Troy

The story recounts Atlantis sinking into the ocean “in a single day and night of misfortune”.

Heinrich Schliemann (January 6, 1822 – December 26, 1890) was ridiculed for his belief in the historical reality of places mentioned in the works of Homer , namely the legendary city of Troy.  He asserted that Homer‘s Iliad and Virgil‘s Aeneid weren’t just action/adventure tales of their time, but histories of actual events.

Plato’s dialogues are the only source for the story of Atlantis.  There is no second source to verify this story against.  The time-frame (9,600 BC) is problematic for those that support the myth that the world is only 6,000 years old.  This timeframe also wreaks havoc with even the most liberal scientific minds of today.

Schliemann discovered Troy in 1872.  Is Atlantis as real as the legendary city of Troy?