Atlantis Essay

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AbstractAtlantis is a myth, which fulfills many purposes of today's society. The myth allows many people to enter a fantasy land and believe in a better humanity. This myth like the others has principles, lessons, morals, knowledge to pass on and teach society. Atlantis is a myth passed on for centuries and continues to be well known, one reason is it provides people an escape from the real-world to enter a fantasy and make it what they believe it to be.AtlantisDid Atlantis really ever exist, or was it just another great Greek myth? Some researchers believe that Atlantis was similar to the Garden of Eden - a marvelous and magnificent place, until corruption consumed it. Others, believe that it was merely a philosophical device created by Plato to teach the people of Greece a valuable lesson. Because of the fact that the need for credible evidence surpasses people's faith, Atlantis, if there really was an Atlantis, may never be found.Atlantis - Myth or FactEach myth contains crucial messages for society; these myths affect how we think and how we act. There are reasons why myths have survived the passing of time. Over the decades, more instances and occurrences provide us with an indication that there is something behind myths, and that they influence us.At the beginning of time, when the immortal gods divided the world among themselves to rule, Poseidon (the Greek God of the Sea) received the continent of Atlantis. It was here that he chose his mortal wife Cleito and raised his sons as the 10 kings of Atlantis with Atlas (the oldest son) as first king. To protect his family, Poseidon surrounded their home with five concentric rings of water and land. For generations, Atlantis being favored by the gods remained peaceful and prosperous. This era of prosperity and peace lasted as long as the kings and people of Atlantis followed the laws set down by Poseidon. The laws were simple. The rulers must meet regularly in the temple of Poseidon to judge matters concerning the kingdom according to the laws. As time passed and Poseidon was no longer among the Atlanteans, the rulers began to ignore the laws and marry mortals. As their human traits became dominate, their pride and arrogance took over with an increasing need for greater power. The kings began trying to out do their predecessor, to prove that they were greater. Soon the rulers became cruel with their growing need for power and world domination. The Atlanteans began to conquer the lands that surrounded them, enslaving the inhabitants, and taking their wealth. They moved armies throughout Atlantis and across the Atlantic Ocean to Europe and Asia. Zeus, seeing that the Atlanteans had abandoned the laws of the gods and were acting as men, assembled all the gods of Olympus to pronounce judgment on Atlantis for their evil ways. First, the Atlanteans were punished by being attacked and defeated on their own soil by the Athenians. The Athenians by their own virtue and military power had put a stop to the...

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