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, when the United Nations cultural heritage body UNESCO organized a symposium on the issue in Paris, suggesting the idea was worth serious consideration. Academics, archaeologists,geologists and historians from across Italy are now meeting in Rome's Accademia dei Lincei to look at the theory in closer depth and discuss possible paths of future research.
has also been timed to coincide with the opening of an exhibition on
Frau's ideas, originally shown in Paris last year.
Frau's book, "The Pillars of Hercules", as a springboard for exploring
theories and ideas on the legendary island and its whereabouts. Neither
the location nor the existence of Atlantis have ever been confirmed.
The first documented
mention of the island dates back to ancient Greek philosopher Plato -
circa 427-347 BC - who said it was destroyed by a natural disaster,
possibly a tsunami.
Traditional theories have
placed it somewhere in the Atlantic Oceanbecause Plato said it was
beyond the Pillars of Hercules which, according to another ancient
writer, Erathosthenes, were at the Strait of Gibraltar.
But Frau believes
Erathosthenes, a librarian and geographer who lived in Alexandria in
the third and second centuries BC, got it wrong and that the Pillars of
Hercules were actually on Sicily.
Frau had his brainwave after seeing a print of two maps of the Mediterranean as it was in the Bronze Age.
One showed Tunisia and Sicily almost touching; the other, of the Straits of Gibraltar, was remarkably similar.
Frau thinks Erathosthenes
moved the pillars because in the 120 years between Plato's era and his,
the Greek world changed dramatically, and the strait between Sicily and
Africa was no longer at the outer reaches of the Empire.
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