Here in Critias, stated above, the Atlanteans were great in accepting change and felt no drive to go against the law. “And thus their wealth did not make them drunk with pride; rather in soberness of the mind they clearly saw that all these good things are increased by amity and virtue” (Plato). If only Atlantis had held their ground.
But when the portion of divinity within them became faint and weak through being oft times blended with a measure of mortality, whereas the human temper was becoming dominant, then at length they lost their comeliness, through being unable to bear burden of their possessions; for they had lost the faired of their goods from the most precious of their parts; they appeared to be fair and blessed, filled as they were with lawless ambition and power. (Plato)
Thus, the turning point in Critias was written above. Atlantis began to fall. Even more unbecoming, “Atlanteans made a grave mistake by seeking to conquer Greece” (Atlantis Subplots). They would not be able to “withstand military might and followed by natural disasters” (Atlantis Subplots) and such unforeseen events would unravel on this empire.
Not only were Atlanteans waging war on Athens, they waged war against the gods when they began to bathe in greed and power. “Zeus chose punish them by destroying Atlantis” (Atlantis Subplots).
And Zeus, the God of Gods, who reign by law, plight, and desired to inflict punishment upon them, to the end that when chastised they might strike a truer note. Wherefore he assemble together all the gods, standing as it does at the center of the Universe, and beholding all things that partake of generation and when he assembled them, he spake thus: [text ends here] (Plato)
No one will know whether Zeus has an egotistical line above or speaks a powerful conclusion to end Atlantis’ fate, but I’ll take the mystery. Everyone knows how it ends due to the helpful Timaeus, which shortened the demise of Atlantis, but I still may have a few skeptics reading.
Debate over Atlantis goes back to ancient times. Plutarch and Herodotus wrote the city as historical fact, while Aristotle and Pliny “disputed Atlantis’ existence” (Atlantis Subplots). Atlantis was even illustrated on “ocean maps” and “sought by explorers” (Atlantis Subplots). In 1882, Ignatius Donnelly, U.S. congressman from Minnesota wrote “Atlantis: The Antediluvian World” (Atlantis Subplots). (I’m going to mention it is not worth the read and drones on and on.) Then we come up to most recent Atlantean influenced figure: Edgar Cayce (1877-1945) “claimed to see the future and identified hundreds of people as reincarnated Atlanteans (Atlantis Subplots). He claimed Atlantis would “be in the Bermuda Triangle island Bimini” (of course) and “prophesied Atlantis would rise to surface in 1968 or 1969” (Atlantis Subplots). Obviously, he was wrong. Which doesn’t mean Atlantis isn’t real, only you shouldn’t use a “prophet’s” word in your credentials.
Many say the city’s real because “cultural...