Originally posted by Hanslune
I've noticed that you and several others in different threads have mentioned that one of the areas that Atlantis is suppose to be "advanced" in is
agriculture. Why agriculture? Why is that part of mythos?
Up to a certain point in human prehistory, we were mostly small migratory tribes consisting of a few families. But there was a point at which we
managed to learn to grow crops, domesticate animals, and build at least some kind of relatively large towns and cities. That move from wandering
tribes to living in cities was a huge step forward for us, and seemed to happen relatively overnight.
Assuming for a moment that Atlantis was on a large island in along the mid-Atlantic ridge, it would have had all the necessary features to make
something like this possible. A warming climate from the Gulf Stream, fresh water river systems flowing from the mountains in the north and west,
fertile soil from the volcanoes, etc., which would have in turn made it much easier for people to move into cities. Without referencing it, I believe
Plato had a few paragraphs relating to the abundance and variety of food available in Atlantis.
Of course, there are other places this also happened, and maybe independently. Iraq/Babylon, for instance, along the Tigris and Euphrates. But
there's still a question as to how so much of their culture could have come into being so quickly. They naturally get a lot of the "credit" for
being the first to come up with this stuff, but that might primarily be because they managed to avoid complete destruction.
The poor slobs in Atlantis, who were apparently on the wrong end of an asteroid/comet impact at the beginning of the Younger Dryas, could have easily
come up with this stuff first. They only managed to spread a little of it around, then were all but forgotten after the big one hit, surviving only
as fragments of mythology, such as found in the Bible and Plato, among other places.
Here's a good page discussing the wild temperature fluctuations that happened "coincidentally" just around the time Plato mentions for the
destruction of Atlantis:
Anyway, the idea is that the seemingly rapid growth of cities and civilized culture with agriculture, animal domestication, writing/laws and astronomy
might not have been as rapid as it appears, if you give Atlantis a few thousand years to develop the basics of it first.
[edit on 17-11-2008 by Nohup]