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.
needs to make his fictional edifice greater and grander than whatever identified. Did Plato understand of this temple? he's not believed to have visited Anatolia, yet a few of his contemporaries definitely did, they usually should have instructed him of this magnificent development. at the evening of July 21, 356 B.C., Herostratus burned the temple to the floor in an try to immortalize his identify, yet he used to be overshadowed, considering that that was once additionally the date of the beginning of Alexander the good. (Herostratus burned the temple whereas.
Syracuse, with a slightly of Carthage. Unconsciously maybe, he could have brought anything of the posh of Homer’s Phaecia, itself partially a reminiscence of Minoan Crete. Like Desmond Lee, J. V. Luce is a revered classical student. (Among his different educational honors, he used to be a lecturer in Greek at Glasgow collage; senior instruct at Trinity collage, Dublin; and traveling professor in classics at Trinity university, Hartford, Connecticut.) educational credentials, even if awesome, don't immediately.
book of Ragnarok), for the large explosion of Krakatau may without doubt have supplied Donnelly with an abundance of assisting proof for the potential for disappearing civilizations. The explosion, which started on August 27, was once heard in Australia, over thousand miles away, and despatched a 50-mile-high cloud of volcanic ash into the sky that rotated the earth for 2 years. A 6,000-foot-high mountain was once decreased to a caldera four miles throughout with in basic terms parts of the rim (now the islets of.
used to be additionally in a position to expect the long run. In his later years, he anticipated the destruction of l. a., San Francisco, and big apple; the democratization of purple China; the sliding of a lot of Japan into the ocean; and the top of Communism within the Soviet Union. (All those have been presupposed to occur among 1958 and 1998.) EDGAR CAYCE (1877–1945), the best-known psychic and clairvoyant in the United States. In his trances, he bought information regarding the electorate of Atlantis, who, he claimed, had harnessed.
happened 9 thousand years previous. “We now know,” he wrote, “that no Greeks existed then to accomplish heroic deeds, nor Egyptians to jot down them down.” It used to be Angelos Galanopoulos’s 1960 paper (“Tsunamis saw at the Coasts of Greece from Antiquity to the current Time”) that said that not just Atlantis but in addition Deucalion’s flood must be attributed to the Bronze Age eruption of Santorini. He additional stated that the eruption brought on the Plagues of Egypt, the parting of the waters, and the.