View Poll Results: What's your take on Atlantis?

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  • Existed in Atlantic

    8 18.60%
  • Existed in the Mediterranean

    9 20.93%
  • Ultima Thule

    6 13.95%
  • Unknown pre-Mesopotamian civilization

    8 18.60%
  • Made up mythology

    12 27.91%
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Thread: Atlantis... What's Your Take on It?

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    "History" written over 2500 years ago is a very different thing to history written in the modern period. Ancient historians were usually at least as concerned with telling a moral lesson as they were with reporting the facts.

    The story of Atlantis is essentially an archetypal legend about how mighty empires fall when they become too arrogant and complacent about their power and preeminence.

    However it may have some truth to it. Between about 1200 and 1000 BCE there was a major event known as the Bronze Age collapse. Every civilization on the mediterranean coast with the exception of Egypt was destroyed. Civilisation has never had such a reversal before or since. It could be argued that central Turkey, the location of the Hittite empire never really recovered until the modern period.

    It's not known entirely what caused the collapse, but it's believed to be mostly due to incursions of barbarous tribes known from Egyptian writings as Sea Peoples.

    The Bronze Age collapse would have taken place about 600 years before the time of Plato and seems to me it could have provided ample material for legends of terrible destruction involving towns, cities and indeed whole civilisations.
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    Plato's fable/parable of Atlantis in the Timaeus and Critias and Republic is simply a re-telling of the Flood.

    Most of the cretins who believe in 'Atlantis' haven't bothered to read Plato.
    'Militia est vita hominis super terram [The life of man upon earth is a warfare] (Job 7:1).'

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