First, I'll provide a link to my debate thread, as it has a lot of information on this...
(I'll repair any bad image links very soon)
Next, a link to the Critias Dialogue by Plato....
This way, you can read Plato's words for yourself, and draw your own conclusions.
Next, a link to the page of Jim Allen, one of the first researchers to go this route...
My hope is that if you are truly interested, you will take the time to read each of these links, and then decide for yourself. I'd really like to
hear comments on the information provided in the links....though I'll try and sum up most of the arguments in this post.
Thanks in advance...
First, and foremost, is Plato's given location of Atlantis. It is "at a distant point in the Atlantic Ocean, opposite the Pillars of Hercules
(Straits of Gibraltar). South America fits well here. "Atlantis, which, as was saying, was an island greater in extent than Libya and Asia".
Again, South America fits, and really, is the ONLY fit for this statement.
Because of the measurements Plato gives for the city, it is clear that Atlantis the capital, and Atlantis the continent, are two different entities.
The capital is located by "he describes a level rectangular-shaped plain which he said lay in the centre of the continent, next to the sea and midway
along the longest side of the continent..." The Altiplano region fits this description well. It is the size stated by Plato, it is high above the
sea and surrounded by mountains, just as he describes as well as being in the right place of the Island.
The remnants are there, as stated by Allen, "The city was located in the centre of the plain, 5 stades from
the sea and this is where we find the ruined site at
Pampa Aullagas, with a canal still running past it to
discharge into the sea." Just as Plato stated.
The location also has remains that are of the same red, black, and white stone that Plato mentions.
The location has the alternating belts of land and sea, just as Plato mentions.
There is even a local legend of a grand city there, that sank! See this link,
Even the material orichalcum, (though the description of this varies), has a connection to the Andes, and is claimed to only be found there.
Many point to Plato's account as a tale of morality. Not so, on at least three different occasions in the tale, he states it as fact (see my debate
thread for the exact quotes).
Well, I hope this at least gets the gears going, and that you'll start to see that Atlantis as South America isn't as ridiculous as it may first
seem, but instead, is the logical conclusion.
[edit on 5-8-2004 by Gazrok]