The lost city of Atlantis has become one of the greatest mysteries of all time that has seen countless researchers, archaeologists and treasure hunters dedicate years of their lives in the hunt for a mysterious city that may or may not have existed.
The only sources for the existence of Atlantis comes from two Socratic dialogues titled Timaeus and Critias which were written by the great Greek philosopher, Plato, and that is the only shred of potential evidence of its existence. Plato admitted that Atlantis existed some 9,000 years before his time and the tale had been passed down by poets and priests.
The dialogues were written around 360 BCE and have inspired generation after generation of thrill-seekers and explorers whom hope to finally find the mythical island.
Plato never gave a location of Atlantis in his writings, but he gave a fairly detailed description, all the way down to measurements of the island. He also stated it was in the Atlantic Ocean beyond the pillars of Hercules.
Plato claimed the founders of Atlantis were half human and half god. Said to have extremely advanced technology in comparison to the rest of the world at that time and a utopian civilization with wildlife not found anywhere else in the world, Atlantis was also said to have gold, silver and other precious metals in abundance.
The island itself was said to consist of alternating rings of water and land. Concentric circles of luscious land with navigable channels and at the center, a great capital city.
Legend has it that the Atlantean people, though creating a powerful and perfect existence, became greedy, petty and lost their morality, which angered the Gods who were said to sink Atlantis in one night to the depths of the oceans with natural disasters included earthquakes.
Plato’s writings may or may not be true and may or may not be accurate, but despite writings from 2,000 years ago about the existence of a civilization with the writer (Plato) describing a story passed down over 9,000 years, it seems probable that the Atlantis we all imagine was far from what it was, if it ever existed at all.
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