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 ”.)

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has anyone heard about the connection of atlantas to jason and the argonauts, where the golden fleece area of 'colchis' in next to atlantis? this places atlantis between crimea and donbass.

I have hard of Colchis and I know it had bee considered.

The location of Atlantis has kept scholars busy for decades and they are no closer now than they began their search.
Civilization has not been one of progress. Between centuries of progress have been numerous dark ages. Everyone knows about the Dark Ages that engulfed Europe following the collapse of the Western Roman Empire. A dark age engulfed the Greece and the Aegean world following the Trojan War in which the Greeks forgot how to read and write. Mesopotamia underwent a dark age between 2200 and 2500BC when it languished through a 300 year drought. Greece's loss of literacy presents one of the problems with understanding Atlantis.
There were several Pillar's of Hercules, the most misleading is the Strait of Gibraltar, a relative newcomer to the list. By misleading, I mean that forced researchers to head into the Atlantic Ocean. Another one is on an island west of Santorini. The Hellespont was another P of H. There was another P of H situated that Malta could have been Atlantis. A Mediterranean Sea with substantially less water would have enlarged Malta and allowed other near by areas to become islands.

An often overlooked part of the story is the war between Atlantis and Athens. Would there be a pretext for war if Atlantis was located for example in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean? I think not. The Atlanteans were supposed to have fielded a massive fleet and army of a combined strength of 1.2 million men. To me, the logistics moves the location into the Mediterranean Sea area. Malta, the surrounding islands and part of Libya becomes a likely candidate. Malta has some submerged large structures, another plus.

Most of my information comes from the book below.
"Meet Me In Atlantis: My Obsessive Quest To Find The Sunken City". - Mark Adams. In his book, Adams interviews several scientists, each having a different prospective location for Atlantis. Adams does not actually search for the city.

I am going to make a couple other comments as replies to other posters to end my comments here.

The author of this article has completely misunderstood Plato, or has intentionally twisted his words.

Explain yourself more, what have been misunderstood exactly ?

What do you think you know thats others dont ?

 

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