posted on Jan, 27 2007 @ 04:47 PM
It is the old golden age myth. I have read Plato and what he describes is not some super advanced civilization but pretty typical of the late bronze
age/early iron age civilizations, organized around temples to the Gods and aggressive. If there was an inspiration, there are plenty of failed and
fallen civilizations to chose from... most likely though it was the Minoian culture and its collapse after the Thera eruption.
There is another far more facinating possiblity... it has pretty much been proven that around 7,000/6500 BC, in other words the late neolithic... the
melting of the glaciers caused the sea levels to rise (yes it happens to those of you who doubt such things :@@ and the as the level of the
Mediterranean rose the waters breached what is now the Borphorus into what is now the sea of Mamara and then the Dardanelles (I can never remember
which comes first) creating a 600 foot water fall into the basin of what was then a much smaller (2/3 smaller) fresh water lake (fed by the Danube,
the Don, the Diniper etc) creating the black sea.
The Black sea has several unusual characteristics... one of which is that it is all but sterile being oxygen starved, and it has 2 currents, an
outgoing fresh water current and a salty incoming current... in the old days mariners wanting to enter the Black sea would lower a large rock or plate
down into the lower current and it would pull them up against the outflowing upper current.
There have been found quite a few neolithic ruins, below sea level, down to the depth of a couple hundred feet and it has been speculated that the
culture that thrived in that basin before the flood was the origin of the flood myth, possibly the Atlantis myth and the homeland of the people who
spread out the Indo/European languages.
I find the subject facinating.