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Atlantis Will We Ever Know?

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Atlantis: Will we ever know?Fantasy is a tough sell in the twentieth century.The world has been fully discovered and fully mapped. Popular media haseffectively minimized the legend and the fantastic rumor, though to make up forthis it has generated falsities not as lavish but just as interesting. Satellites havemapped and studied the earth, leaving only a space frontier that is as yet unreachable.But standing out is a charming fantasy the modern world has yet to verify or condemn:the lost continent of Atlantis.The father of the modern world's perception of Atlantis is Plato (circa 428-circa 347 b.c.). (1) The Greek philosopher spoke in his works Timaeus and Critias of acontinent in the Atlantic ocean larger than Africa and Asia Minor combined which rivaledAthens as the most advanced in the world. (2) According to the legend surroundingPlato's dialogues, the island of Atlantis was violently thrown into the sea by theforces of nature, and its few survivors managed to swim ashore and relate their story.(3) There the legend was passed by word of mouth until an Egyptian priest related thestory to Solon, a character in Timaeus. The priest admired the achievements ofprehistoric Athenians, because when the rulers of Atlantis threatened to invade all ofEurope and Asia the Athenians, on behalf of all Greeks, defeated the Atlanteans to avoidenslavement. (4)The works of Plato opened the floodgates to endless speculation on whether thecontinent described was fact or fiction. Atlantis has since been placed in Spain,Mongolia, Palestine, Nigeria, the Netherlands, Brazil, Sweden, Greenland and Yucatan.Every nook and cranny of the globe has been hypothesized; mountain peaks, desert lands,the ocean floor and even the barren wasteland of Antarctica have been mentioned intheories. (5)While some of these theories are compatible with Plato's works and are withinrelative reason, numerous crackpot theories have been developed using the lost continentas a basis. One of these theories, posted on the computer internet where it has accessto over fifteen million people, talks in twenty-one pages of pre-historical lands withnames like Oz and Luxor. These world wide web pages list over two hundred separatearticles of proof for the existence of Atlantis, as in the following: (6)"Most all ancient civilizations believed in the TITANS, the race of gianthumans that inhabited Earth long ago. Different races knew them by different names.These 7 to 12 foot humanoids were thought to be legendary until the excavation of over adozen skeletons 8 to 12 feet tall, around the world, shocked archeologists. Theseskeletons were positively human. Some of these skeletal remains are on Maui in lavacaves near Ulupalakua and Olowalu. The Spanish Conquistadors left diaries of wildblond-haired, blue-eyed 8 to 12 foot high men running around in the Andes during theconquest of the Incas. A couple were reportedly captured but died en route to Europe. Ifgiant animals (dinosaurs) were possible then why not...

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