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Atlantis, the Lost Land


What we know about Atlantis

All of our information about Atlantis comes from just one source. That source is the writing of a Greek author called Plato contained in two books entitled 'Timaeus' and 'Critias'. (The only copies of Critias which have down to us are in an unfinished draft form). Both of these books are written in a format known as 'dialogues', a format very popular in Ancient Greece. Dialogues take the form of a discussion between individuals but is more than just a mere recording of a conversation because it presents the author with a means of presenting differing views on a subject.

The story of Atlantis in both 'Critias' and 'Timaeus' is narrated by an individual called Critias. ( He may have been an ancestor of Plato ). In a conversation with Socrates, Timaeus and Hermocrates, Critias recounts a conversation between Solon and an Egyptian priest. Critias had heard the story from his grandfather, also named Critias, who had heard it from Solon. The 'Timaeus' introduces Atlantis, among other topics, while the later, unfinished 'Critias' was to be exclusively about Atlantis.

Making reference to sacred records, the Egyptian priest tells Solon of a country called Atlantis which lies outside the Pillars of Hercules. He tells of a war between Atlantis and Athens and of a terrible catastrophe which resulted in Atlantis sinking to the bottom 'in a single dreadful day and night.' All of this happened nine thousand years before.

By following the dating evidence found in the dialogues it can be ascertained that the conversation between Solon and the Egyptian priest took place around 600-575BC. Thus, according to Plato Atlantis disappeared in the tenth millennium BC. A date which falls into the time period when the last ice age ended and global sea levels rose by 100-200 metres.

As to the geography of Atlantis; Plato tells us in the Timaeus that Atlantis was "larger than Asia and Libya combined" he also writes (in Critias ) that the capital city of the Atlanteans was surrounded by a plain 2000 x 3000 stades ( 370Km x 550Km ).


A very convincing theory concerning the location of Atlantis

In 1999 I came across a website by a Russian academic Viatcheslav Koudriavtsev where he put forward his theory on the location of Atlantis. Uniquely among a plethora of websites speculating on Atlantis, Viatcheslav Koudriavtsev bends no facts to fit a preconceived notion theory. No data was harmed in formulating his theory, no geological data had to be altered, no alien intervention.

Now this is where you're expecting me to give you a link to Viatcheslav Koudriavtsev's website so you can read about it yourself.

Unfortunately the relevant pages disappeared more than ten years ago, but I kept copies for reference and I've put up mirrors of the relevant pages here.

Mirror of Viatcheslav Koudriavtsev's Hypothesis on Plato's Atlantis

Mirror of 'About the Hypothesis.htm'

mirror of Viatcheslav Koudriavtsev's maps

Mirror of 'Prof_ Grosswald About Koudriavtsev's Hypothesis.htm'

mirror of Viatcheslav Koudriavtsev's maps

The copyright of these pages lies with the originators


Some thoughts on the subject:-

1) The Irish have many legends concerning the origin of their country and the arrival of early peoples to the island. One of the earliest concerns the 'Coming of Partholan'

"The Celts, as we have learned from Caesar, believed themselves to be descended from the God of the Underworld, the God of the Dead. Partholan is said to have come into Ireland from the West, where beyond the vast, unsailed Atlantic Ocean the Irish Fairyland, the Land of the Living - i.e., the land of the Happy Dead - was placed. His father's name was Sera (? the West). He came with his queen Dalny [Dealgnaid. I have been obliged here, as occasionally elsewhere; to modify the Irish names so as to make them pronounceable by English readers] and a number of companions of both sexes. Ireland - and this is an imaginative touch intended to suggest extreme antiquity-was then a different country, physically, from what it is now. There were then but three lakes in Ireland) nine rivers, and only one plain. Others were added gradually during the reign of the Partholanians."    ......Rolleston-Myths and Legends of the Celtic Race


3) the site proposed for Atlantis lies almost equidistant from Southern Ireland, South west Britain and Brittany. All areas with both significant numbers of megalithic sites and common culture. see map here




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