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I think a lot of people miss the point that Atlantis was an Ice Age island
destroyed at approximately the same time of the last rapid glacial retreat in the Northern Hemisphere
Atlantis pretty much had to have been where the Azores are now. Recent bathymetric scans of the Azorean plateau have come up with so many correspondences to Plato's description that it barely warrants further debate.
Anyway, one of the more interesting details Plato offers in his description of Atlantis is that "elephants" inhabited the island
So one needn't stretch one's imagination very far to envision a small population of wooly mammoths crossing a seasonal ice bridge that could could easily have extended from the northeast coast of North America to the uppermost islands of Atlantis
Remember, too, that coastlines were also extended because of the decrease in sea levels, making the distance between North America and Atlantis even shorter.
A breeding population of mammoths stranded on some of the northernmost islands in the chain along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge
Of course, the catastrophic destruction of Atlantis didn't leave any solid evidence behind
The Azores are what used to be the mountain tops, and no sensible person would expect to find Atlanean artifacts or mammoth remains there,
Curious, though, that considering the shoreline and ice pack conditions during the end of the last Ice Age, Plato's strange mention of "elephants" is not so ridiculous after all.
Originally posted by Essan
Plato probably mentioned elephants in order to make the place sound more exotic to his audience...
how is it that the date of 10,000 years before the Egyptian Priests, or Solon, or Plato (427-347 BCE) is accepted as the date of Atlantis' destruction???
from Timaeus by Plato
Solon marvelled at his words, and earnestly requested the priests to inform him exactly and in order about these former citizens. You are welcome to hear about them, Solon, said the priest, both for your own sake and for that of your city, and above all, for the sake of the goddess who is the common patron and parent and educator of both our cities. She founded your city a thousand years before ours, receiving from the Earth and Hephaestus the seed of your race, and afterwards she founded ours, of which the constitution is recorded in our sacred registers to be eight thousand years old. As touching your citizens of nine thousand years ago
from Critias by Plato
Let me begin by observing first of all, that nine thousand was the sum of years which had elapsed since the war which was said to have taken place between those who dwelt outside the Pillars of Heracles and all who dwelt within them
Originally posted by Marduk
about the only detail that could be considered solid in the tale of Atlantis is that a civilisation was destroyed by a flood around 9500bce
Originally posted by XphilesPhan
And for the record, Plato is not the first nore the only Greek writer to mention Atlantis. Nygdan pointed this out to me so I give him the credit of finding this. There was an author by the name of Hellanicus of Lesbos who wrote about atlantis a century before Plato. So it was not something plato plucked out of the air, this story is based on something.
Herodotus History book1 440 B.C.E
"But one of the mouths of the Araxes flows with clarity into the Caspian Sea; but the Caspian Sea is by itself, not connected to the other sea. For the sea navigated by the Greeks, also that outside of the Pillars called the Atlantis Sea and the Erythraean, are one and the same."
Originally posted by Marduk
...here is the hieroglyph which is most often used to depict the Sun God
its called the Akhet and directly translates as "the horizon"
as you can see either side of it there are two pillars
this symbol further breaks down when you take the sun disc away from it
this is the symbol for mountains "djew"
anyone who has read the eleventh taks of hercules should be going "ahhh" right about now
because it tells how Heracles attempting to find the garden of the Hesperides needs to enlist the help of Atlas who stands nearby on two pillars.(the pillars of heaven) Heracles looks everywhere for Atlas but finally gets a clue to his location in Egypt
he finds him standing atop two mountains (pillars) holding up the heavens and asking Atlas to help gets the titans agreement only by shouldering his burden for a while.