Hi ATS, I have been pondering about Atlantis, and thought about the connections between Atlantis and Iram of the Pillars, as noted in the Quran, the
Bible, and History.
I believe that the story of Atlantis as written by Plato is just a rehashed version of the "Atlantis of the Sands," also referred to as Iram of the
Pillars, or the City of a thousand pillars, just aimed at the Greeks. Now before jumps up and down, just listen. The Atlantis that you think off may
really be Iram, which has been uncovered in the Middle East. Of course there are significant differences between the stories, but it gets
Plato describes Atlantis as such:
a mighty power
This power came forth out of the Atlantic Ocean
Now in this island of Atlantis there was a great and wonderful empire which had rule over the whole island and several others, and over parts of the
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.
Now, to Iram of the Pillars:
A quote from the Quran:
Have you not considered how your Lord dealt with 'Aad - [With] Iram - who had lofty pillars, The likes of whom had never been created in the land?
And [with] Thamud, who carved out the rocks in the valley? And [with] Pharaoh, owner of the stakes? - [All of] whom oppressed within the lands And
increased therein the corruption. So your Lord poured upon them a scourge of punishment."
Iram was considered to be a city which gained famous and inmeasurable amounts of wealth, due to trading. Furthermore, the city was portrayed as ahead
of it's time, evident due to "Lofty Pillars...The like of whom had never been created in the land"
Some of you may state, "But Atlantis was an island nation" My reply is yes, Plato's story does mention Atlantis to be an island, but Iram was also an
island if you think outside of the box. Iram of the Pillars was an island in the middle of the desert, a superpower of a city.
Replace the words:
Island = City (Basically an island in the middle of the desert)
Ocean = Rub' al Khali Desert
Now, both cities were destroyed by extreme forces. Atlantis, thanks to earthquakes and tsunamis, and Iram, due to Allah's/God's smiting. The general
agreement regarding Iram though. is that it was destroyed by a sandstorm.
Atlantis was punsished due to it's force and aggresion of invasion, while Iram was punished by God, because of it's arrogance and power - worshipping
Atlantis was described as:
"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"
Iram was described as sinking into the sands, never to be seen again, due to the desert swallowing up Iram.
[Sources of Iram, from the Quran, also extend back into ancient Jewish accounts - check link - www.answering-islam.org...
In essence, Atlantis and Iram are basically the same story, with Plato's version, having extra tidbits and different locations (due to the society he
grew up in, and the locations he was influenced to use).
There is my theory, the Atlantis everyone thinks off, may actually be Iram, the city of a thousand Pillars, which was described in the Quran, and
well known throughout the Middle East before it was written
- longer ago than Plato's account.
edit on 22-3-2012 by daaskapital because: eta