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Anthony North: Did Atlantis exist, or was it merely a fantasy conjured up by Plato, and kept alive through wishful thinking over the centuries? If it did exist, where can we find it"s remains? We can ask other questions. For instance, just what WAS Atlantis? How did it disappear? In this essay I will be examining just a few such theories, and seeing where realistic ideas end and fantasy begins. Pillars of hercules: One popular assertion from Plato is that Atlantis was ‘beyond the Pillars of Hercules". These are almost unanimously thought to be the outcrops either side of the Strait of Gibraltar. The mythology of the Straits of Glbraltar is neat and explanatory. Geographicallyspeaking, they represent a narrow stretch of water separating the Mediterranean Sea from the Atlantic Ocean.

And mystically, they separate the known world from the unknown. To the north and south of the Straits are two large promontories - the Rock of Gibraltar in Europe and the Abyla on the African coast. These are the pillars separating the narrow strait. But according to legend the two promontories were much closer. Indeed, they were a closed gate. Until, that is, the mighty Hercules stood by the rocks and pushed them apart, thus allowing the waters to flood in. Atlantis and colonisation: The ancient Greeks were great colonisers, founding many Mediterranean cities which exist to this day. And bearing this adventurousness in mind, we can see the myth of Hercules separating the straits as adesire of the ancient Greeks to learn more, shedding light on what is dark; a noble pursuit that was later to find additional expression in their great philosophers, of which Plato was one of the greatest exponents. In this sense, Atlantis can, therefore, be seen in a place where our knowledge is ‘dark", rather than physically beyond. And it is, perhaps, in the same magnificent spirit that Atlantis rose to popular consciousness in the 19th century, during a similar time of great expansion and colonisation.

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Is Sardinia the lost island of Atlantis ?

Rome, October 13 - Top scholars have gathered in Rome this week to discuss the exciting and controversial idea that Sardinia is the lost island of Atlantis . The theory, developed in a book by the Italian journalist Sergio Frau, has drawn international acclaim but also fuelled heated criticism .Despite selling 30,000 copies in Italy, a detailed 20-point appeal by 250 academics has dismissed the book, claiming it sensationalizes Sardinian history .But the theory received a major boost last year, ...

Group release images of "Atlantis" ruins

An unidentified group have released a series of grainy photographs showing undersea ruins of an ancient city that is being claimed to be the fabled Atlantis. They are however keeping the location of the find a secret. "A groupof'undersea archaeologists' have become the latest to claim they have uncovered the lost city of Atlantis. . The scientists - who have refused to identify themselves - have released a series of im...

Japan researcher says has found an Asian Atlantis

Copyright © ReutersA researcher investigating underwater rock formations off the coast of Japan believes they are the remnants of an Asian equivalent of Atlantis -- an ancient civilization swallowed up by the ocean. Marine geologist Masaaki Kimura says he has identified the ruins of a city off the coast of Yonaguni Island on the southwestern tip of Japan.He has worked for decades to prove the rocks found by scuba diving tourists in 1985 are from an ancient city, which he says may ha...

Is Atlantis buried in Spain ?

Archaeologists are searching for an ancient civilization in Spain that could help pinpoint the lost city of Atlantis.The Tartessian civilization developed in Southern Spain between the 11th and 7th centuries BC and has long been linked to the fabled Atlantis. A team of researchersfrom Spain"s Higher Council for Scientific Study (CSIC) are examining a marshy area ofAndalusian parkland to find evidence of a 3,000-year-old settlement. View: Full article | Source: Telegraph....

Lost Greek city may have inspired Atlantis

The remains of an ancient Greek city submerged beneath the waves and dating back over 5000 years may have been the basis for Atlantis and is proving to be one of the mostimportant finds of its kind anywhere in the world."The secrets of alost city that may have inspired one of the world"s most enduring myths – the fable of Atlantis – have been brought to light from beneath the waters off southernGreece." View: Full Article | So...

Atlantis: the continent that Solon sank

Doug Fisher continues his research in to Atlantis with his discoveries indicating that according to Plato the continent of Atlantis was larger than Asia and Libya combined before it sank beneath the ocean within justone day."Doug Fisher: Plato"s dialogues inform us that Atlantis was an island continent greaterin size than Asia and Libya combined which sank beneath the sea in the span of a day, but a key discovery exposes the ci...

Has Atlantis been found on Google Ocean ?

A rectangular shaped feature that looks like a street grid in the middle of the sea has been spotted on Google Ocean.It was spotted by an aeronautical engineer who said that it resembled an aerial map of a city, given its location some believe that the feature represents the resting place of the fabled Atlantis. The network of criss-cross linesis 620 miles off the coast of north west Africa near the Canary Islands on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean.The perfect rectangle – which is arou...

The wave that destroyed Atlantis

Submitted by Waspie Dwarf: The legend of Atlantis, the country that disappeared under the sea, may be more than just a myth. Research on the Greek island of Crete suggests Europe's earliest civilisation was destroyed by a giant tsunami. Until about 3,500 years ago, a spectacular ancient civilisation was flourishing in the Eastern Mediterranean. The ancient Minoans were building palaces, paved streets and sewers, while most Europeans were still living in primitive huts. But around 1500BC the ...

Could Sardinia be Atlantis ?

A new theory developed in a book by Italian journalist Sergio Frau has suggested that Sardinia is the fabled lost island of Atlantis. The theory has received a lot of criticism but a UNESCO symposium has suggested the idea is worth serious consideration."Top scholars have gathered in Rome recently to discussthe exciting and controversial idea that Sardinia is the lost island of Atlantis. . The theory, developed in a book b...

Plato’s Atlantis

Anthony North: One of the most written about mysteries is that of Atlantis. What does it mean? What is it? Where is it? What influence does it have on us? Does it exist in the first place? So many questions, so many ideas. For this essay I thought I"d go back to source and see if we can learn anything about its conception. And the beginning of the myth takes us back to that great philosopher, Plato, who first wrote about it. But can we find hints in Plato"s life and mind itself? Early life: Bein...


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