Imagining Atlantis

Imagining Atlantis

Richard Ellis

Ever given that Plato created the legend of the misplaced island of Atlantis, it has maintained a uniquely robust grip at the human mind's eye. for 2 and a part millennia, the tale of town and its catastrophic downfall has encouraged people--from Francis Bacon to Jules Verne to Jacques Cousteau--to speculate at the island's origins, nature, and site, and occasionally even to go looking for its actual is still. It has persisted as part of the mythology of many various cultures, but there's no undeniable facts, not to mention evidence, that Atlantis ever existed. What, then, money owed for its likely inexhaustible appeal?

Richard Ellis plunges into this wealthy subject, investigating the roots of the legend and following its quite a few manifestations into the current. He starts off with the story's origins. Did it come up from a typical prehistorical fantasy? used to be it a historic remnant of a misplaced urban of pre-Columbians or old Egyptians? was once Atlantis an extraterrestrial colony? Ellis sifts during the "scientific" proof marshaled to "prove" those theories, and describes the magical and religious value that has gathered to them over the centuries. He is going directly to discover the prospect that the myth of Atlantis used to be encouraged by way of a conflation of the excessive tradition of Minoan Crete with the destruction wrought at the Aegean global by means of the cataclysmic eruption, round 1500 b.c., of the volcanic island of Thera (or Santorini).

A attention-grabbing historic and archaeological detective tale, Imagining Atlantis is a important addition to the literature in this crucial point of our mythohistory.

From the Hardcover edition.

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