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Originally posted by sirnex
reply to post by Doug Fisher
To be fair, there are two different dates given by Atlantis proponents. Some think Plato was talking about the city existing 9,000 years from his telling and others think it was more like 900. A simple math error just throws the whole thing out of whack. I personally think the city existed closer to the 900 mark myself.
They assert that Atlantis was destroyed 4,000 years ago... I'm not saying that I necessarily disagree with the adjusted time frame, but I was disappointed that they made no attempt to explain the disparity.
Originally posted by punkinworks10
I will bang this drum until it is heard.
The city that was the prototype for Plato's atlantis is the Minoan city of Akrotiri, on the island of Thera, off the coast of greece. It was destroyed around 1600bc, by a cataclysmic volcanic euption, which is around 1,000 years before Solon was told the story by the egyptians.
how does the idea that the Minoans lived in Atlantis stand up among scholars? Generally it doesn’t fare very well. You will be hard pressed to find recent scholarship that supports the idea.
several problems in equating the Minoans with Atlantis. The island is said to have existed nearly 9,000 years before Plato’s time – yet we know that the Minoans vanished only 1,000 years before his life. Why would Plato be so far off? “To argue that this is so because the Greeks had a poor notion of time is hardly serious.” Geography is another problem, Atlantis is supposed to be beyond the “pillar of Hercules” – in other words, in the Atlantic Ocean. Crete, on the other hand, is not far from the Greek coast.
Originally posted by Kryties
reply to post by Solasis
Actually, the general consensus is that Atlantis WAS hit by a tsunami. As Plato described it in Timaeus-Critias -
"But afterwards there occurred violent earthquakes and floods; and in a single day and night of misfortune all your warlike men in a body sank into the earth, and the island of Atlantis in like manner disappeared in the depths of the sea. For which reason the sea in those parts is impassable and impenetrable, because there is a shoal of mud in the way; and this was caused by the subsidence of the island."
So the use of the word tsunami is quite appropriate.
A southern oriented map of Atlantis from Athanasius Kircher’s 1664 work Mundus Subterraneus.
1592 Typus Orbis Terrarum by Abraham Ortelius (left) alongside Kircher’s later 1664 Atlantis reoriented with north toward the top. Note the curved indentation in the northwest (A) and the coastline which veers abruptly south-southeast in a straight line (B). The two maps also share an almost identical blunt west to east rising southern tip (C) and finally both maps correctly depict a recessed southeastern coastline (D) interrupted by the Rio de la Plata (E).
Originally posted by Topato
reply to post by Kryties
For years I've been hearing that Atlantis is in the middle of the Atlantic and now out of nowhere they have Plato's documents saying it's in Spain? OBVIOUSLY, someone is lying, they cannot both be right.