Atlantis: The Legend of the Lost City by Christina Balit
Floating on the emerald sea is a small rocky island belonging to the mighty sea-god Poseidon. Few visit its shores-until Poseidon marries a beautiful woman named Cleito and transforms the island into a rich and fertile paradise, where all things flourish. A magnificent city arises. Poseidon names his perfect island Atlantis. Atlantis prospers and its people live in peace, but as the years pass, Poseidons descendants start to act less like gods and more like men. When the people incur the wrath of their god, a terrible curse is carried out and the entire island sinks forever beneath the waves.
This retelling of the history of fabled Atlantis is based on Platos Timaeus and Critias. It features a note by internationally known historian Geoffrey Ashe, who has written extensively in the area of mythology.
Top 10 Amazing Facts About the Lost City of Atlantis
More than 2, years ago, Greek scientist and philosopher Plato wrote of a complex, beautiful city that disappeared in one night. According to Plato, the city Atlantis was consumed by earthquakes and floods. Since then, the story has become a legend. Adventurers, treasure hunters and scientists alike have searched for the lost city of Atlantis. Theories abound as to where it might be. Researchers discovered a lost city off the coast of Cuba and thought it might be Atlantis. Others believe it lies under mud lands in southern Spain.
In the story, Athens repels the Atlantean attack unlike any other nation of the known world ,  supposedly giving testament to the superiority of Plato's concept of a state. Despite its minor importance in Plato's work, the Atlantis story has had a considerable impact on literature. Donnelly 's Atlantis: The Antediluvian World. Plato's vague indications of the time of the events—more than 9, years before his time  —and the alleged location of Atlantis—"beyond the Pillars of Hercules "—has led to much pseudoscientific speculation. While present-day philologists and classicists agree on the story's fictional character,   there is still debate on what served as its inspiration. As for instance with the story of Gyges ,  Plato is known to have freely borrowed some of his allegories and metaphors from older traditions. This led a number of scholars to investigate possible inspiration of Atlantis from Egyptian records of the Thera eruption ,   the Sea Peoples invasion,  or the Trojan War.
The idea of Atlantis — the "lost" island subcontinent often idealized as an advanced, utopian society holding wisdom that could bring world peace — has captivated dreamers, occultists and New Agers for generations. Thousands of books, magazines and websites are devoted to Atlantis, and it remains a popular topic.
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Local legends often tell of cities or islands that have been lost to the waves. Nowadays we are sceptical of these tales, but some of them really happened., The world is full of unsolved mysteries. Despite of the great achievements in the field of science, we, the human beings remain clueless about many things around us.
Both were written about BC. In his stories, Plato describes Atlantis as a legendary island, idealizing it as an advanced society where utopia dominates. In Atlantis, wisdom is the primary characteristic of the people, and their wisdom should bring peace in the world. The idea of an utopian society has captivated dreamers for generations, and many have tried to find and locate the city Plato described in his stories. Plato has given vivid and comprehensive descriptions and observations how does Atlantis look. He describes the mythical city as the home for the best architects and engineers in the world.
Brandon Roh , Updated June 30, We have all heard of Atlantis , the legendary island that sank into the sea in a single day and night. But who came up with it, was Atlantis a real place, and is there more to the story than this? We get the story of Atlantis from the Greek philosopher Plato. Really, from two of his writings, Timaeus and Critias.
I'm fascinated by the facts and theories surrounding Atlantis, and I love discussing this mystery with others. Atlantis in Greek means "island of Atlas". It is supposedly a legendary island which was first mentioned in Plato's dialogues Timaeus and Critias. According to Plato, Atlantis was a naval island which was located "in front of the Pillars of Hercules", which is now the Straits of Gibraltar. For decades, there have been scores of people who believe that the lost city of Atlantis is a fact and that the island mentioned in Plato's account truly existed.