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Atlantis Revealed: Plato's Cautionary Tale Was Based On A Real Setting

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The time is 360 BC, the dawn of Western civilization. Athens, the cradle of democracy, is the epicenter of the ancient world. In his dialogues of Timaeus and Critias, Plato introduces a tale of an advanced prehistoric civilization, which since has captivated the imagination of every generation that followed. This was the story of Atlantis, an idyllic island paradise of skillful navigators who often crossed the Atlantic to explore. Atlantis, according to Plato, was ultimately lost to the sea. Its memory, though, was not soon forgotten.

For two millennia, people unsuccessfully kept on searching for the legendary island, making Atlantis one of the most lasting and fascinating stories of all time! What about those, however, who over time claim to have found the lost island? The truth is, no one until now was able to introduce a site that perfectly matched Plato's description. Instead, we have theories upon theories on the whereabouts of Atlantis. Why though? If everyone utilizes the same textbook, why the apparent confusion? Can this be a case of gross misinterpretation among researchers, or did early translators fail to properly capture and relay Plato's account? And, what about the chronological conflict that exists in Plato's account?

Let's take the original Santorini hypothesis, for example. Unquestionably, the island of Santorini, its volcanic eruption and the advanced Minoan civilization, was the best we had on Atlantis until recently. This was never a flawless hypothesis, though. Always a big problem with that theory was the fact that Plato's given chronology of 9600 BC had to be discarded (as Athens and most story details did not belong in that period). There is another bigger problem with that theory, though. While Santorini itself undeniably matches the site where the crown city of Atlantis once stood (talking about the concentric rings of earth and water) the problem is, Santorini alone never matched Plato's entire description. The primary island of Atlantis, one Plato said was to be 9 kilometers away, is missing from the particular setting of 1600 BC. These major flaws allowed for critics to raise doubts on that hypothesis, and to continue to question the validity of Plato's story.

Of course, serious research on Atlantis was never simple. Science fiction authors, movies and other creative works of popular culture, eventually capitalized on the story's popularity, and contrary to Plato's account, over time they turned Atlantis into an ultra-modern society with flying machines and technology far beyond our own.

Nonetheless, eventually every search comes to an end. Recently, a four year study that included a thorough analysis of Plato's work established that serious errors by early translators allowed for the mixed messages in the translated document.

The recent study not only decisively placed Atlantis in the Mediterranean Sea, but, it concluded with the discovery and identification of a submerged prehistoric island that in every way matches Plato's Atlantis. While in the past finding Atlantis was thought to be more difficult than winning the lottery, now there is a tangible site where all the physical characteristics of the given description match. The topography, the given chronology, the volcanic geology, the flora and fauna in that period, the island's destruction by a great flood, the presence of an unknown prehistoric civilization in the area, and DNA evidence all point to a genuine discovery.

More specifically, the study shows that around 9600 BC, when according to Plato Atlantis was above water, the modern Cyclades Islands were connected by the Cyclades Plateau, a flat terrain (now 400 feet below sea level,) that formed the body of a huge island. When this prehistoric island is compared to Plato's Atlantis, it immediately becomes evident that this must have been the land Plato was talking about. Its northern region was comprised of mountains that reached the shores. Below the mountainous region there was an oblong valley measuring 555 Km 2. Below the oblong valley there was a smaller valley, 2/3 the size of the oblong valley that measured 370 Km 2. This was the primary island. Nine kilometers away from the primary island, and precisely as Plato depicted, lies the island of Santorini, a circular island with a flooded core and a small island in its center (Santorini, an island within an island setting, a sea volcano with a collapsed center, prior to the volcanic eruption of 1600 BC had a single opening on its outer ring that allowed ships to enter its watery caldera).

Plato's Atlantis

Plato's Atlantis

Atlantis area map

Atlantis area map

The consequence in finding Atlantis at around 9600 BC leaves no doubt that Plato based his story on a real setting and a prehistoric civilization known to ancient Greeks, which in order to successfully communicate some of his philosophical ideas (divine vs. human, ideal societies vs. corrupt,) he filled with familiar matter from later times, including details from the Minoan era of which he was more familiar with. The existence of a matching site at around 9600 BC, in essence, proves that Plato did exactly what Homer did with Troy 400 years before him. (Homer's Iliad was an entirely fictional story that revolved around a real setting and a historical incident that took place 600 years before Homer himself.)

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Anyone willing to 'take a step back' and review the current work on plasma theory and cosmology under Electric Universe theory as it clarifies and makes myths from around the world 'make sense' will rethink Atlantis too. Check out thunderbolts.info and the work of Wal Thornhill and David Talbott. Devastating electric discharges took place during the time periods for Atlantis and islands in the Med were completely destroyed, malta savaged in a single discharge, for example. Massive dislocations and many cities destroyed in the days when the planets danced in the sky with exchanges of discharges between them, including earth. Good luck

I am also an Electric Universe follower, but I also try to read everything I can on Ancient findings, so here we are putting ideas together and gradually with luck we get more & more of the facts correct. None of the theories are necessarily complete, everyone knows that, but as long as we keep an open mind, which unfortunately 'experts' often fail to do, we will get there. This article is the best so far on Atlantis, what caused the destruction can be looked at from several different angles - the Ice Age was ending, waters were flooding over occupied lands, and there definitely WAS a 'flood'. Now that they have discovered Gobekli Tepe, the 'experts' can no longer insist their timing is right. !! Yeah !!

I totally agree that the work of Wal Thornhill and David Talbott provide keys to reinterpret myths. The conjunction of the planets produced the Sun which was identified as Re and also Osiris.  The ancients identified the heavens as the sea or Nun.  The myth says that Osiris drowned and this compares to Atlantis disappearing into the sea.

Also, the ancients represented the plasma discharge between earth and the planetary configuration as an obelisk or tet which are basically pillars.  This is why the myth locates Atlantis beyond the pillars of Hercules which really are the pillars or tet of Heru.  The Atlantean myth says that Atlantis was the home of the Gods and the ancients said that the planetary configuration was the body/emblem of the Gods.  In any case, Atlantis never existed on earth and its myth is a corruption of the Ancient Egyptian myths.

Very convincing theory, but how do you explain why the Cyclades doesn't lie beyond the accepted location of the Pillar of Hercules that Pluto claimed Atlantis did?

The Cyclades lies so close to Greece, wouldn't Pluto have known its former name and history, and have just said Atlantis once stood where we now find the Cyclades?

Recent archeaology at the Maroula site on one of the Cyclades islands of Kythnos, has discovered human remains and living quarters of 10,000 to 8,000 B.C. that suggest its occupants were no more than hunter gatherers - no evidence of the advanced civilisation that Pluto talked of. (Though, I must admit, I'm puzzled that a paved floor on a dwelling doesn't suggest such a civilisation...)

http://www.fhw.gr/chronos/01/en/ml/housing/kithnosfr.html

Hi; Atlantis, if existed, apparently is in an area and of a time when planetary upheaval was causing horrendous havoc in THAT part of the world. Crete, Malta and a large number of cities in the area ceased to exist or were totally wiped out by the shock waves and electric discharges of magnitudes just not imaginable today. Atlantis, if existed, probably did just sink into the water after a huge shockwave caused Earthquake by either a close passing of mars or Jupiter as recorded in the myths of the area and around the world. Of course Electric Universe and Saturnian mythology as unfolding today must needs be researched via Jno Cook, David Talbott or Wal Thornhill for starters. Get videos and writings on this newly emerging catastrophic history of the planets and how it changed the human story on Earth. Hope this helps

I like your logic please send me more information!!

Any of the names mentioned would give you lots of good materials and videos.
Noel

EM thanks for reading my article, although as it seems, you may have missed the following paragraph:

"As for the island/continent across from the Pillars of Hercules, one larger than Libya and Asia combined, the latest study demonstrates how Plato's reference of the American continent got misconstrued into that of Atlantis. The mention of the continent across the Atlantic, "one that encompassed that veritable ocean," was Plato's poetic attempt to demonstrate Atlantis's incredible naval capability and its capacity to cross the ocean via island hopping (most likely through Scotland, Orkney Islands, Faroe Islands, Iceland and Greenland.) Several clues and archeological evidence actually confirm that the ancient Greeks were aware of the American continent in order for Plato to include it in his story".

In other words, Plato never said that Atlantis lies outside the Pillars of Hercules. As I mentioned in my article, and I best demonstrate in my book (Uchronia? Atlantis Revealed), the island/continent he mentioned across the Atlantic, one outside the Pillars of Hercules, was that of America and not that of Atlantis, as many automatically assume when they first read the translated story, a common mistake that leads many to look for Atlantis in all the wrong places (and perhaps the very reason why never until now we were able to locate a matching site).
As for the proximity of Atlantis to Greece, among other clues, Plato's phrase "your state (Greece) stayed the course of a mighty host" further points to their close proximity.
By the way, whether the prehistoric island of the Cyclades Plateau was called Atlantis or not (just as the story, the name most likely was fictitious too,) it clearly appears that Plato and the Greeks knew of this island, its people and their capacity to travel outside the Mediterranean, as well as its ultimate destruction by a great flood. In fact, Plato not only depicted the island in great detail (as if he witnessed it while still above water,) but in graphic detail described its destruction and the conditions that followed in the aftermath. He even went a step further and explained how the once large green islands of the Aegean, from ten millennia ago, turned out to the small dry islands we know today.
Just like the fall of Rome suppressed human development and pushed Europe into the dark ages for a thousand years, I believe all the archaeological artifacts we have been recovering above sea level around the Cyclades islands, are the lower-grade remnants of those who remained behind and survived the 8000 BC inundation.
Finally, the 10,000 year old skeletal remains of the "Kennewick Man," found on a bank of the Columbia River in Washington (whether they belong to a Caucasian or a Polynesian person, as some people speculate) demonstrate that island hopping to North America, either from Polynesia or Europe, was absolutely possible 10 millennia ago, regardless how "primitive" we assume humans were.

Good points, but the thesis still betrays the same understandably Mediterranean-centric viewpoint that led to the misidentification of Santorini with Atlantis in the first place. The wealth of data coming from the seafloor off Cuba - for instance - attest to the existrence of a mighty antediluvian empire there which spanned much of the Americas and points far beyond; but there is NO convincing archaeological evidence for Atlantis in the Mediterranean, including the long-misconstrued existence of the Minoan civilisation.
To discern the true extent of this global empire one must appreciate the vast extent of the pyramid network that covered the globe in that era. This was not the creation of some relatively small Mediterranean power. Your attempt to distance Plato's narrative from the mention of such a vast landmass as America appears somewhat disingenuous.
The proponents of electric universe theories make excellent points in the comments above - and such massive global destruction is a simple answer to the conumdrum of the demise of that empire, which was after all a global power and not one limited to the (then) relatively tiny Mediterranean.
A lost civilisation probably flourished on the Cyclades. Certainly lost civilisations flourished around that Sea before the destruction and subsequent inundation - take Lake Tritonis of the Amazons for example - but none of these fits the bill for a mighty global empire.
Nationalistic proponents of such a localised location for Atlantis need to recall that not only was there no 'Greece' 9,000+ years beforer Plato, but the population of the region was made of entirely different genotypes to those found there today.
Study the spread of Rh negative blood beyond western Europe at the critical timeframe and you'll see that superior Cromagnon (Atlantean) types appeared on the eastern Atlantic seaboard before spreading to Europe and the Mediterranean at precisely the timeframe indicated by Plato.
But thanks for your work.

I can explain this better if you reply. Since it has been a year since you posted annd may not read this, I am giving an overview.

The commonly accepted location is wrong. The Strait of Gibraltar labeled as the Pillars of Hercules is probably only the latest addition to the list. There were several Pillars of Hercules, one of which would fit it with your theory for the location of Atlantis.
2 more Pillars of Hercules were located on the way into the Black Sea. The Strait of Messina fits in with my current idea of a location for Atlantis being Malta. They hugged the coasts while sailing.

Plato's information about Atlantis came from Solon who had obtained his information from the priests of Ancient Egypt who used their records. Their info places the destruction of Atlantis in the 10,000 to 8000 BC you mentioned. However, the peoples you mentioned may not have been such a primitive civilization. That's another segment of history.

Greece went through a dark age between the 1100 and 800 BC and they lost their ability to read and write at this time. So, there is a good reason for Plato to not know about it. There have been several dark ages through out history, the quality of pottery found in the same locations has shown improving and decreasing over time.

Atlantis and Athens are supposed to have fought a massive war and to me that means they needed to be close enough together to have conflicting interests. In my opinion that precludes anything outside the Strait of Gibraltar. Your location fits in perfectly.

I hope to exchange ideas with you.

I AM INTERESTED IN LOST CIVILZATIONS

Names are often clues to things and the name of the Atlantic ocean just about sums it up. There are maps of what the world looked like over about 1 million years ago that are put out by the Theosophical Society and they clearly show where Atlantis was. Just type in " Theosophical maps of the world
and one should be able to get an ideaabout certain places and things.

I am a vein care and in a study of ancient techniques its really awsum to know different ancient secrets !

when the report says that Atlantis lies west of the columns of Atlas - then it cannot be in the Greek sea.

I recommend this book, written in German, delivering Facts that Helgoland in the Northsea was the origin
http://www.amazon.com/Nordsee-Atlantis-Arno-Behrends/dp/3878472749/ref=s...

Not even close.
The origin of CroMagnon man on Atlantis and the four migrations into Europe are the real story behind Plato's Atlantis. And the end of Atlantis comes 1300 years after the asteroid impact of 10,900 BCE
which wiped out the mega animals of North America and initiated the big freeze known as the Younger Dryas (10900 - 9600 BCE). When Atlantis sank as the Atlantic seabed subsided up to 2 miles in many places, the Gulf Stream could then get through to Europe, ending the Ice Age permanently.

no - you can't just jump in and say 'no - these are the facts' - you have to give the origins of your
statements/beliefs - how can anyone learn anything more if there are no sources for your information.
We are all looking, and incredibly interested, and NO_ONE here is claiming to be the EXPERT (except you !) - I have never before heard of Cro-Magnon man being an "Atlantean", or
4 migrations into Europe - SOURCES PLEASE !

I have heard of the Cro Magnons being escaping Atlanteans, but I do not agree with it.

It is based on the location of Cro Magnon remains being found on the coasts of Spain and France. Since early humans moved from East to West, Cro Magnons would have ended up on the Atlantic coast because modern humans pushed them that way.

In four lines, you want sources? Footnotes, too? Good grief!
It took me 40 years to gather all the information and put it into one book.
Look up: Aurignacian, Solutrean, Magdalenian and Azilian. Notice that
those four waves of migration have no African origin. Their origin is to the
west: Atlantis, situated where the Azores are now. The best book ever written on
the topic (even better than my own) is "Quest for Atlantis" by Cedric Leonard
ISBN0-532-22175-4

Thank you I will track down that book.

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First you have to read Timaus and Critias from Plato before reading anything else…The source was from Sais a city built around 3,100 BC , Solon have stay there around 590 BC There is no reason to believe that the story was corrupt.There was probably 2 Atlantis , a bigger one , ATLANTIS that sank and the survivor probably built the smaller one , Atlantis,Tartessos,Tarshish

If Atlantis existed it was on the place of Sandwich plate. Biggest caldera on Earth

http://amzn.com/0966001508 The Children of the Law of One and The Lost Teachings of Atlantis. The book doesn't focus on Atlantis but has key information on it.

Atlantis lies more or less where Plato placed it. . It was / is situated outside of the Pillars of Hercules off the coast of Spain and on the junction of the North American, Urasian, and African plates, a region of high seismic activites, in keeping with it's violent end, subduction.

It was on the rim of a gigantic Caldera, now 14000 ft deep, that formed in three rings, not a single large Island., but a series of islands, The coastal / continental remains formed the shallows off of Spain, "the place of the reeds" in the Aztec migration across the Med from the Sinai The lost tribe of Israel ?

I do not buy any of this Santorini theory at all! Current remnants of Atlantis are the islands of Azores. Check Google Earth images. The island was massive, existed in the Atlantic, just like Plato had placed it. Unfortunately also existed on very active volcanic area, it's fate was sealed.

Fascinating article. Thanks so much for sharing. I’ll have to check out the book!

 
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A cartoon movie picturizes Atlantis people of brown skin and small frame. Polynesian??

sww

The Mediterranean Peoples lived around the Mediterranean Sea and were also known as the Dark Whites. This includes the Iberian Peninsula, Italy, North Africa and the rest of the Mediterranean coast. The Spanish and Italians still have this pigment.

--- Atlantis is everywhere expect where Plato wrote that the Egyptians pointed to. It almost seems a need for Atlantis to not be in the Atlantic. This, to me, is the interesting bit. A real psychological barrier.
--- Also, Plato wrote that the Greeks were not aware of Atlantis, so they had no context for association, as in describing a known historical place and culture. They were also credited with destroying the Atlantis navy, and having forgotten the victory.
--- The suggestion that the ' continent ' refers to the Greek navy just seems silly. I don't know where Atlantis was, if it ever was, but I think that the best place to look is where it was claimed to be. The fist problem is ' The Pillars ". They are assumed to be the gate to the Atlantic. Accepting that, Draw a line through from Greece ( or Egypt ? ), and you get to the Bahamas and Cuba, a large island, or there about. Perhaps a clue? Of course, it may also be referencing the British Isles. Traces of hope, around the big void where we dare not look.

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an atlantis was found.. just north of cuba in the 60s.. pyramids and a well defined city structure… however they were not allowed to continue exploring due to castro’s interference… and then there was the MASSIVE grid structure that google maps REMOVED from their database near the canary islands.. i wonder how many other antediluvian cities await when we explore the ocean floor

infinitesimal waveparticles comprise what we call home the earth
manipulatable by thought ability supressed in humans since birth

So.. what's next?

Has there already been any excavations on the seafloor there?
Are there any excavations on the seafloor planned there?

Questions, questions.

If this theory is true, then we should be able to find a whole of stuff on/under the seafloor there! :)
Somebody go row a boat with some LiDaR equipment over there!

Aw man. This is exciting! Hopefully somebody will take a look there soon! :)

Every time I read an article or tv show about Atlantis it makes me want to cry...and laugh. Atlantis is right where Plato says it was. The tops of the mountains of this continent were the Azores, on the northern shore. So just rent a submarine and look for ruins south of the Azores...probably not too far south because the ancients liked to build their pyramids and installations on a high plain. YOU WILL FIND IT.

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