posted on Jun, 21 2010 @ 03:48 AM
Honestly, as boring as it sounds, I think Thera (Santorini) is the best possible candidate.
I know it's great to think of a wildly advanced civilization, lost under the sea waiting to be discovered, but really, we're looking at it through
modern eyes, when the source of the story is Ancient. So forget laser beams and anti-grav. craft - no
"advanced civilisation" in Platos time
did not mean "advanced" according to the 20 and 21st centuries! Think about it!
There's a thread
in the Ancient Civ's forum right now that explains this better than
I ever could - again, it may not *seem* the most exciting one, because of what we have as Atlantis in our modern imaginations, but we're talking
about a modern culture 4-3~ish thousand years ago, told through a morality tale of Plato who lived mid-way through the first millenium BCE.
This story is already romanticized, WAAAAAY before we get our greasy little paws on it! Plato says they fought with Athens, so who was fighting with
Athens, Santorini and the Minoan culture, or Antarctica or South America?.... Which seems more likely, given the geography of that?
I think the Minoan culture, which is what we're pin-pointing here, is super-exciting, and along with others like the Phoenicians and the Indus Valley
are still so much half-hidden, I can't wait to find out more!
Ancient myths about older civilisations are amazing sources - but keep them in their context