Atlantis the Mystery Island- Has it been Solved?
Atlantis has long been talked of in ancient lore since (c. 429 – 347 BCE) . It’s legend began in the collective conscious with Plato. the Greek philosopher, in his works Timaeus and Critias, he described an idyllic island that sank into the sea and vanished 9,000 years earlier. For some, it was merely a fictional island used as an allegory for what a utopia can be, and how it can disintegrate. But there was always the lure of the lore, was it real? Did it exist? Where could it be?
Atlantis was a fabulously wealthy and advanced civilization. The island had mountains that rose straight from the sea. Fertile central plains with a central hill surrounded by rings of sea and land provided good ports of call. It was an economically strong country. there were many kinds of trees and gardens, and metals, There was abundant food.
Atlantis had many creatures, including birds, and elephants. The people of Atlantis built fine temples, bridges and canals that were decorated with bronze and tin, the metals of the era. In the center of the city was a temple dedicated to Poseidon which was covered in silver and had a roof of ivory. It was surrounded by a wall of gold and golden statues lined the walkways..
When Plato writes about Atlantis, he claims it was an oral tradition of the Dropides family that was overheard by Solon in Egypt and then related to him. And so it began: The search for Atlantis. For some it’s about the history, some it’s about the dream and some it’s about the wealth.
Recently it was thought to be found by an archeologist, but is it truly solved. But there are many places that I could be.
The famed cartographer, Abraham Ortelius theorized that continents had originally been completely connected, in a pre-continent we now call Pangaia, They then separated, so perhaps Atlantis wasn’t lost but merely transformed. Beyond the Pillars of Hercules, Gibraltar, in the description Otelius further theorized it he island of Gadir or Gades [Cadiz] will be the remaining part of the island of Atlantis or America, which was not sunk but moved.
Years later, American Ignatius Donnelly detailed his extensive research in Atlantis, the Antediluvian World published in 1882, Donnelly believed that Plato was documenting a natural disaster.
One day they were a prosperous nation and then the Minoans (with an usual and never before seen culture) disappeared off the face of the earth. It is claimed that an earthquake struck the island of Thera (now known as Santorini). The earthquake would have caused huge waves that destroyed everything. Recently, an earthquake in Indonesia cause tidal waves that destroyed entire regions, making this ancient cataclysms a possibility.
German computer expert, Michael Hübner, became obsessed with “Timaeus” and “Critias” and because he’s mathematically inclined he looked at every one of Plato’s clues. He weighted them and came up with an area on the map that was within 3,000 miles (4,828 kilometers) of Athens, Greece. He believes it to be near south of Casablanca in modern Morocco.
Jacques Cousteau caused a flurry with Santorini when he dove there. He found Santorini was also the site of an important maritime city called Akrontiri discovered in 1967. There is evidence that it was a flourishing naval center. There were frescoes showing agriculture and ships , very similar to the details that Plato gives about the Atlantis story. Bettany Hughes. The specialist in classical history believes that there are simply too many similarities between Plato’s account “Plato describes the Atlantean buildings as being red, black and white” The masonry at Akrotiri is distinctive in it’s red, black and white work. Plato also talks about the city encircled by rings of land, this is the classic the formation of a collapsed volcano.
Psychic Edgar Cayce who believed that Atlantis could be found close to the Bimini coast. Years later divers discovered what is now called “the Bimini Road”.
Researchers, geologists, archaeologists, and scientists alike have visited and studied the huge, flat stones off the coast of Bimini, in the Bahamas. They have tried for years to discern whether the limestone blocks are a natural phenomenon, or evidence of an ancient lost civilization. A mere 20 feet down in the clear blue waters off the coast, there is a stone path. These large, flat rocks are cut at right angles, set purposefully in straight lines. This formation stretches half a mile along, with a distinctive hook at one end. These stones can measure up to 13 feet (4 metres) across. Is it a pier? Is it a road to Atlantis, which would lie deep in the abyss just beyond the islands?
Recently, a U.S.-led research team believes they located the lost city of Atlantis, the legendary metropolis believed swamped by a tsunami thousands of years ago in mud flats in southern Spain. In 2009 and 2010, a team of archaeologists and geologists used a combination of deep-ground radar, digital mapping and underwater technology to survey the site just north of Cadiz, Spain. There, buried in the vast marshlands of the Dona Ana Park, they believe that they pinpointed the ancient, multiringed dominion known as Atlantis.
Online is a site called Atlantipedia. http://atlantipedia.ie/samples/ It documents and explores all the Atlantis theories and information since Donnelly in the 17th century.
What is forgotten in this search is that the story of Atlantis is actually a war story where Athens defeats Atlantis.
Do we search for it because of its beauty or the history, the ancient and advanced civilization or the promise of an idyllic world?