Atlantis – myths and facts about the lost continent

The existence of the known continent of lore, songs, novels, movies and comic books, oddly enough, is questionable scientists. The fact that there are no Oceanographic and geophysical data to corroborate the reality of Atlantis. But in spite of that, many believe that mount underwater expedition finally finds the collapsed columns and towers of the greatest civilization that ever existed. In General, the idea of Atlantis the lost continent that was home to a perfect, utopian society — has captured the dreamers, the mystics and occultists for centuries. Atlantis is dedicated to the thousands of books, magazines and web sites. Moreover, people were losing fortunes — and in some cases even their lives – in search of a lost continent. But whether there was Atlantis ever and if so, what happened to her?

The Origin Of Atlantis

Let’s start with the fact that more than 2300 years ago the Greek philosopher Plato described a Great war involving Atlantis, a powerful Empire that ruled several other Islands and lands across Africa and Europe. In search of riches, the people of Atlantis unleashed world war II, but the victory was won by the Athenians. With the help of the gods, “the strong earthquake and floods in one day and one night Atlantis was overthrown in the depths of the ocean.” Centuries later, in the 1930-ies of the Greek archaeologist Spyridon Marinatos argued that this description is based on a real destruction of the island Thera (now Santorini) in the Aegean sea. The cause of the destruction of the island, according to the scientist, was the volcanic eruption occurred in 1600 BC.

Today, the island of Santorini can be seen from the International space station (ISS). The former volcano has attracted the attention of researchers and was called the Association of Atlantis because Plato described the city of Atlantis as the harbour is surrounded by rings of land. Currently, the majority of scholars believe that the story of Plato is fictitious. However, he was inspired by earthquakes or volcanic eruptions that occurred in the Mediterranean sea. These events helped to make Plato’s story about Atlantis is more plausible.

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The legend of Atlantis, unlike many others, is not lost in the mists of time. However, this did not prevent her from the story not about an ideal society, unleashing a world war, to become a story about the good and peaceful inhabitants of the lost continent. It is noteworthy that the Atlantis of Plato is a rich, technologically advanced and militarily powerful civilization, corrupted by their power and wealth. As you probably guessed, as a moral compass in Plato are Athenians who fought against the greedy Empire.

Scholars believe that Plato invented Atlantis to tell stories, as anywhere else there is no mention of this continent. It is important to understand that there are many extant Greek texts, and if someone else has mentioned, at least in passing, about such a wonderful place like Atlantis, we would already know about it. But if Atlantis was invented by Plato, why do we still believe that the lost continent exist?

As he writes in his book “Meet me in Atlantis” archaeologist mark Adams, is not particularly remarkable Greek legend became widely known thanks to a man from Minnesota named Ignatius Donnelly (1831-1901). Donnelly was a Congressman and a historian-Amateur, who claimed in his book “the Antediluvian world” in 1882, that all the great achievements of civilization and technology, can trace and detect the island described by Plato. Moreover, Donnelly added their own “facts” and ideas that instantly became part of the myth of Atlantis.

Adams describes Donnelly “as the first great fundamentalist Atlantis, because he believed that the story of Plato was factually accurate –with the exception of such fantastic elements like Poseidon. A copy of his book, Donnelly sent to Charles Darwin, and he found it interesting, but unconvincing. Alas! Later less skeptical writers have developed the theory Donnelly, adding new details and assumptions. But, as is often the case, none of the arguments in favor of the fact that Plato invented Atlantis, not helped by many people over the centuries have argued that these myths hiding some truth. All these arguments led to disputes about where Atlantis sank and how to find it.

While Plato clearly says where is Atlantis: it lies in the Atlantic ocean for the “gerkulesovy pillars” (i.e. the Strait of Gibraltar, at the mouth of the Mediterranean sea). Needless to say that this continent nobody found.

Is there an Atlantis?

The only way to talk seriously about the existence of Atlantis is to ignore its origin or to change the details of the story of Plato. And yet, the most obvious sign that Atlantis is a myth, is that in all these years was not detected absolutely no traces of its existence, despite the recent advances in Oceanography and cartography of the ocean floor.

Of course, for nearly two millennia, it is excusable to suspect that the deep ocean can hide a sunken city or continent. Butthe bottom of the ocean and the truth holds many secrets, it is impossible to imagine that oceanographers, divers and deep-sea probes have not noticed a huge continent “larger than Libya and Asia put together.”