Deriv; Bust of Plato, map of Santorini, 1703, underwater ruin.

Atlantis: Examining the Legendary Tale of Plato

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Around 360 BC, in his dialogues of Timaeus and Critias, the Greek philosopher Plato introduced an incredible story, a tale of an enigmatic island civilization which has since captivated the imagination of every generation that followed. This was the story of Atlantis, thought to be one of the most advanced societies of the ancient world, an idyllic island paradise of skillful navigators capable of crossing the Atlantic Ocean to conquer and explore!

"For it is related in our records how once upon a time your State stayed the course of a mighty host, .....and it was possible for travelers of that time to cross from it (from Atlantis) to the other islands and from the islands to the whole of the continent over against them which encompasses the veritable (Atlantic) ocean ..." – Plato

Plato’s Tale

Today, popular theories place Atlantis in locations like off the coast of Cyprus in the eastern Mediterranean, around the Azores islands in the middle of the Atlantic, somewhere in the Bermuda Triangle off the coast of the United States, or even in more exotic locations such as Antarctica and Indonesia. Of course more mainstream studies point to the tiny island of Santorini, the island of Crete, Malta, Spain, and other archaeological sites around the Mediterranean. Overall, there are countless theories on the location of Atlantis, while more seem to surface every year.

Artist’s representation of Atlantis.

Artist’s representation of Atlantis. Source: BigStockPhoto

Despite all the scientific and nonscientific speculation though, and due to the lack of tangible evidence in the past, the vast majority of modern historians believe that Plato’s tale of Atlantis is either a myth, or they assume Plato crafted a story around a fictional place while using a mix of real elements from later times.

Is it possible then that the story of Atlantis was entirely a figment of Plato’s imagination? It is certainly possible, although if the story is not real, how otherwise can we explain the tangible evidence that supports Plato's story, including a recently discovered site that perfectly matches Atlantis' description.

Essentially, and contrary to a common belief that Plato’s Atlantis may have been somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean, a recent study shows that Plato's island of Atlantis was in the Mediterranean Sea and just few kilometers north of the island of Santorini. This now-underwater primary island, along with the island of Santorini, fits Plato's entire description of Atlantis.

Lost in Translation

To successfully decode Plato’s puzzle, and to ensure that the meaning from the original Greek story was not lost during translation, the English version was compared to the Greek format which has entirely different syntactic structure. (Actually, when it comes to Greek, sometimes even a single comma can cause a short sentence to have two different meanings. A good example is a famous quote from the oracle of Delphi. "Go, return not die in war" can have two entirely opposite meanings, depending on where a missing comma is supposed to be - before or after - the word "not.") This recent evaluation of Plato's text revealed that simple errors and flawed interpretations by early translators led many researchers in the past to look for Atlantis in all the wrong places. Consequently, unlike all past “discoveries,” including recent ones that led to more speculation rather than real evidence, for the first time, there is a tangible site where all the physical characteristics perfectly match Plato’s account.

Lost Island Found

It seems that 11,000 years ago, according to Plato the story of Atlantis took place, many of the Cyclades Islands were connected by a flat terrain, today called the “Cyclades Plateau.” This now-400 feet (122 meters) underwater plateau formed the body of a large island, while the modern islands of the Cyclades fashioned rows of mountains that emerged in all the “right places,” when those are compared to Plato’s story!

Just as Plato described Atlantis, the northern portion of this island was entirely comprised of mountains which reached the shores. There was an oblong valley directly below this mountainous region, and a second valley closer to the center of the island that was encircled by low rise mountains. This central valley was two thirds in size of the oblong valley. Moreover, Santorini itself, a setting of an island within an island, and a place where many mainstream archaeologists in the past had placed the crown-city of Atlantis, falls precisely within 5.6 miles (nine km) from the grand island, and as Plato depicted (See image below, from the book “ Uchronia Atlantis Revealed ”.)



Atlantis as a Global civilization is a interesting premise! But doesn't really fit though.
Fun thought nevertheless! :)

It fits perfectly actually. Pluto learned about Atlantis from his grandfather which in turned learned about it from the Mystery Schools of Egypt. There he learned that Egyptian King list goes back like 100 thousand years. One doesn't have to look to far....Just look at the ruins of Balbek in Lebanon or Peru or Pyramids in China or Bosnia, or underwater ruins all around the world, newly discovered megaliths in Turkey dating back to 10000 years as well as ruins found in Russia and south America....these ruins show Structures that we can barley build today spread across the planet with the same building techniques....which shows a Pr-Cataclysmic Atalantian Civilization with Advanced Building techniques in some cases evidence of Electrical Saws to Cut Granite.....Unfortunately this article about Atlantis just SUCKS and would be good for a super beginner in this field.

I get that you would point out Gobleki Tepe, Baalbek, Gizeh, etc :)
Although I don't think it was one and the same civilization.

It's like today. We all (Americans, Europeans, Asians, etc) have more or less the same technology at our disposal, but we are not all and the same civilization. (Maybe we have a different interpretation of label 'civilization' here I just realized, but bare with me..)

So is it too far fetched that ~12.000 BC the then ruling civilizationS were at their pinnacle (or close to) of development? Making it so that all the different civilizations had the same technological background (like we have today) which resulted in the same kind of building techniques used in different area's of the world? I mean, like today we all build skyscrapers. Although they look different from the outside, the way we build these structures is more or less the same.
This could also go for the structures made all that time ago.
Raises the question how those people actually managed to relay their knowledge to eachother, but that's a story for a different time ;)

I DO believe though that at least the great Pyramid of Gizeh pre-dates the Egyptians quite a while, as well as the Sphinx. Both being a remnant of the advanced civilizations the Atlanteans were a example of.
I could it be that the Atlanteans (in this case the civilization that lived on the now-submerged island) were even the ones who put both there! *mindboggling*

Now, the 1st thing to do imho is to get a submersible to that 'sunken' island and start digging!
Who know's what we'll find :D

Yes I agree we got the def of Civilization a little mixed up. I am sure they weren't all the same 'Nation' but had the same understanding of technology, whatever that technology happened to be.

And thats where the mystery begins. What was their technology? It sure wasn't electricity as we understand it today? Seems like things were different then.

Many of the structures are based on things like Golden Ratio and Sacred Geometry, which makes one think that maybe their technology was of the Earth. They worshiped the earth, they used the energy of the earth. They harnessed nature to do their biding. THEY WERE TRULY ADVANCED...and intuned with the nature around them. How exactly they accomplished some of the feats (Pyramids etc) remains mystery. But definite seems like pyramid was somehow harnessing the energy of the earth. For what? whooooo knowwwss

The Sphinx is thought to predate the Great Pyramid by 3000 to 4000 years. The Sphinx shows signs that it went through a massive Flood.
The peoples we consider as being Ancient Egyptians (about the time of construction of the Great Pyramid) have references in their records to the "First Time" or a civilization more advanced than they.

"Civilization One" and "Before the Pyramids". - Christopher Knight and Alan Butler. There is some overlap in the content, but I recommend reading both books in that order. "Before the Pyramids" has the authors claiming the architect who created the pattern for the Great Pyramid and the 2 lesser pyramids had to have visited Northern England to learn about that pattern. The pattern is the same as the 3 stars in the Belt of Orion, where the Pharaohs spent their afterlife. The pattern could not be determined in Egypt. {I need to check the title of the first book}


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