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Small things amuse small minds, like theirs.
It seems likely that Solon's Egyptian sojourn acquainted him with tales of an ancient land named Keftiu, an island nation named for holding one of the four pillars that supported the Egyptian sky. According to the Egypt legend, Keftiu was an advanced civilization, and was the gateway to and ruler of all of the lands to the far west of Egypt (Greece, Libya, and beyond). Keftiu traded in ivory, copper, and cloth. Keftiu supported hosts of ships and controlled commerce far beyond the Egyptians domain.
By Egyptian record, Keftiu was destroyed by the seas in an apocalypse. It seems likely Solon carried legends of Keftiu to Greece, where he passed it to his son and grandson.
Plato recorded and embellished the story from Solon's grandson Critias the Younger. As in many ancient writings, history and myth were indistinguishably intermixed. Plato probably translated "the land of the pillars which held the sky" (Keftiu) into the land of the titan Atlas (who held the sky). Comparison of ancient Egyptian records of Keftiu identifies a number of similarities to Plato's Atlantis. It seems likely that Plato's Atlantis was a retelling (and renaming) of Egypt's Keftiu.
When Plato identified the location of the land he named Atlantis, he placed it to the west-in the Atlantic Ocean. In reality, Egyptian legend placed Keftiu west of Egypt, not necessarily west of the Mediterranean. In describing Atlantis as an island (or continent) in the Atlantic Ocean, we suspect Plato was merely wrong in his interpretation of the Egyptian legend he was retelling. - www.angelfire.com...
Originally posted by Maegnas
It could be any number of things, only Plato knows for sure
He had to give his story some credibility anyway, maybe that's why he"dressed" it as an Egyptian myth (how many contemporary Atheneans could verify this?).
Originally posted by Blackmarketeer
If you take the tale at face value, then you have to adhere to description of Atlantis which EXCLUDES any "interior" Meditteranean locations. Atlantis "sank" circa 9,600 BC, was the size of a small continent, and lay either just outside the pillars of Hercules or just before them, and the Atlanteans had conquered parts of Europe and N. Africa. To me, that eliminates Thera/Santorini, or any other of the sunken cities along the Greek, Egyptian, or Levant coasts.
Plato defended his tale of Atlantis as actual history as related to him by the Egyptian priest, who allegedly showed him the story carved into a column. His student Xenocrates (Cantor?) was so convinced the story was true he set out on an expedition to find the column bearing the tale (and failed).
Don't believe what all those other one eyed "mainstream muppets" say, believe in Plato. He told you it was true.
Originally posted by AeJor_Mn
Plate teuctonics theory is fictional.
By mixing non fiction with the fiction the story comes to life.
Originally posted by AeJor_Mn
Maegnas, who's camel may never cross the sahara, even himself pointed out that Schliemann discovered Troy and Myceanae by reading the GREEK MYTH of Homer's Illiad. Yet he refuses to acknowledge this fact with Plato's Timaeus and Critias that someday, someone, somewhere will find Atlantis.
In 1865 an English archaeologist, Frank Calvert, excavated trial trenches in a field he had bought from a local farmer at Hisarlık, near Truva and in 1868 a wealthy German businessman, Heinrich Schliemann, after a chance meeting between the two men in Çanakkale town, also began excavating in this area. Later excavations revealed several cities built in succession to each other. One of the earlier cities (Troy VII) is generally identified with Homeric Troy. While such an identity is disputed, the site has been successfully identified with the city called Wilusa in Hittite texts; Ilion (which goes back to earlier Wilion with a digamma) is thought to be the Greek rendition of that name.