Did Atlantis Actually Exist? Essay

1023 words - 4 pages

The legend of the lost continent of Atlantis has long been regarded as a pure myth. This essay will show that not only did the continent exist, but also that it existed approximately 1200 kilometers west of Europe, in the vicinity of what is now the Azores Islands. After examining the writings of the ancient philosopher Plato, Otto Muck's book, entitled The Secret Of Atlantis, and various writings on the Bimini Road in the Bahamas, this essay will prove that the lost colony of Atlantis is indeed more then a mere Hollywood myth.Plato first mentions Atlantis in his dialogues Timaeus and Critas, which were written approximately 355 BCE. According to records, Plato heard the story of Atlantis from his grandfather who in turn heard it from Solon, the Athenian statesman of the 7th century BCE. Plato described Atlantis as, "a highly civilized society, one that could boast achievements well in advance of its age, that sank beneath the waves in a single catastrophic event." According to legend, the first inhabitants of Atlantis were the offspring of a mortal woman and Poseidon, the god of the sea. More accurately, the first people were those that evolved from primates in the area.Plato writes, through his narrator, Critias, about the advancements and luxuries of Atlantis. He states that Atlantis was about 1200 kilometers west of Europe and that is was beyond the Straight Of Gibraltar, or the 'Pillars of Hercules', as it was known in ancient times. Many different historians and geologists in history have acknowledged the 'Pillars of Hercules' to be the Straight of Gibraltar. In fact, even today it is generally agreed upon that they are two in the same. Plato's description of Atlantis could put it no where else but in the Atlantic Ocean, off the coasts of Portugal and Morocco.Otto Muck was a historian who believed that Plato's account of Atlantis was truthful. In his book, "The Secret of Atlantis", he studies and examines the Azores Islands and how they provide further proof that Atlantis once existed in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Crude pottery and weapons were discovered on the Azores and suggest that Neanderthal man, the precursor of Cro-Magnon, once inhabited the island. He concluded that the Azores has been inhabited by intelligent life for a very long time.Muck also believes that the behavior of a certain type of eels that live in the waters of Central America help to prove that Atlantis existed in the middle of the Ocean. The eels will float for three years with the Gulf Stream until they reached Europe, where they will swim up freshwater streams and rivers. Ten to Fifteen years later, they mate and make the trip back to their origin. Muck states that the eels used to stop and mate in the freshwater of Atlantis, which wouldn't of been that far away from their homes. When Atlantis disappeared, they instinctively continued until they found Europe. That is the only explanation for why they would travel so far when they could...

Find Another Essay On Did Atlantis Actually Exist?

Atlantis: Real or Not? Essay

793 words - 4 pages , they have no proof that this is really “the City of Atlantis.” Whatever they are picking up on the satellite could just be a lost island of some sort. How can they pick up a lost city that is on the bottom of the ocean floor? If they really did find the lost City of Atlantis we would be digging it up, exploring it, and it would be all over the news. The City of Atlantis never really had existence. The lost city of Atlantis is just a myth. This

Where Is Atlantis Located? Essay

1320 words - 6 pages The myth of Atlantis, was first presented by a Greek philosopher Plato in his two related dialogues "Timaeus" and "Critias" around 370 BC. According to the myth, Atlantis was destroyed by violent earthquakes and floods, and in a single day and night of misfortune, the island of Atlantis disappeared into the depths of the sea. Scientist and nonexperts alike, who believe that the myth is actually truth, trying to find the exact place on earth


1543 words - 6 pages imagine life today without it. With Atlantis, Plato unconsciously advanced our present inquiring minds by setting off scientific investigations both over and underwater. From Plato's descriptive detail of Atlantis there is a possibility that Atlantis did exist but science today refuses to even consider the possibility that Atlantis may once have existed. It does seem extremely difficult to believe that an actual civilization as advanced as Plato's

Atlantis - Myth or Fact

2020 words - 8 pages descriptive detail of Atlantis there is a possibility that Atlantis did exist but science today refuses to even consider the possibility that Atlantis may once have existed. It does seem extremely difficult to believe that an actual civilization as advanced as Plato's Atlantis ever existed without leaving any real evidence behind. Regardless, it is a popular and entertaining topic and there has been much research and literature devoted to this myth

Finding Atlantis: Haplogroup X

810 words - 4 pages shows a little idea what the Minoans did and where they had gone throughout their empire. But this still does not prove that Minoans built the great city of Atlantis because until they can trace some ones DNA that is a descendant of the Minoan empire. To someone who is a descendant of the lost city of Atlantis they will for sure never know if the city actually existed.

The Minoans

523 words - 2 pages of people with complex engineering abilities. They have also been able to find a correlation between the Minoans and the lost civilization the Greek philosopher Plato wrote about called Atlantis. Is the Minoan civilization actually the "true" Atlantis, or is the evidence too minimal to determine an exact match?Archaeologist Arthur Evans uncovered a palace complex and evidence of a historically advanced society in the archaeological dig location

Supply and Demand Simulation

947 words - 4 pages The Supply and Demand Simulation was an exercise in applying the supply and demand concepts of two bedroom apartments in the fictional city of Atlantis. Going through the simulator provided answers to the question of what caused the changes in supply and demand. Also, the decision making process was effected by the shifts in supply and demand as it pertains to the rental price and quantity of the two bedroom apartments. Four key points were

More Bacon in Utopia

1528 words - 7 pages the ability of science and religion to co-exist in a developing society. In New Atlantis, Bacon explains the legitimacy of Christianity in Bensalem, and how people use it with science (Bacon 2012, 27-31). In England during this time, however, religion was on a slippery slope of legitimacy. People were constantly living in fear of their religion and, while they had scientific information and research capabilities, ignored a good majority of new

The Bermuda Triangle

1095 words - 4 pages data, was preset to reset at that time, the satellite did not malfunction at all. · Weapons of Atlantis are still active and are shooting down ships and planes. It is often assumed that Atlantis was an island that contained a race of super beings with advanced technology. This is often hinted at. But Plato, who was the most well known person to have given accounts of Atlantis, said that the Ancient Greeks defeated Atlantis in a war. Now if

The Bermuda Triangle

1193 words - 5 pages the legendary underwater city of Atlantis, this may actually hold some water. They argue that the remnants of the intense energy crystals that were once used to fuel the city are now interfering with airplanes and ships, causing them to go haywire. However, these theories are yet to be confirmed. In conclusion, the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle started from the log book of the first sailor that sailed through the Bermuda Triangle. While the

Are We Living in a Dystopian Novel?

1247 words - 5 pages “with no hangover, depression, or withdrawal symptoms afterward” (Franck). The government does not merely allow people to get addicted to and overdose on this drug, they encourage people to use soma as an escape from their worries and fears and in addition, deal it to people. People are actually brainwashed to believe that the drug is good for them and should be used whenever something unpleasant occurs. Our society also encourages drug use

Similar Essays

Atlantis The Lost City Essay

1522 words - 7 pages argument, the reader can decide if Atlantis truly did exist. Works Cited "Atlantis-True Story or Cautionary Tale?" National Geographic. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Apr. 2014. "Lost Civilizations: Atlantis." Lost Civilizations: Atlantis. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Apr. 2014. "Lost Civilizations: Atlantis: The Story of Atlantis." Lost Civilizations: Atlantis: The Story of Atlantis. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Apr. 2014. "Lost City of Atlantis Believed Found off Spain

Is The City Of Atlantis A Myth Or Real?

1577 words - 7 pages Believed to be literally swallowed by the sea, Atlantis is a mysterious, advanced society that seems to have just vanished. Although some say Atlantis is a myth, there is reliable proof that Atlantis is a myth, there is reliable proof that Atlantis really did exist, and is more than just a myth. The idea of this “vanishing city” first came from Plato, who began discussing this legendary civilization in 355 B.C. Atlantis was a powerful and

Atlantis Intrigues A Teen Essay

1366 words - 5 pages 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

Atlantis The Lost Civilization Essay

1972 words - 8 pages Atlantis: The Lost CivilizationAtlantis was a city of great wealth, beauty, and economy. But was it really a city? Did it 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, the "nay" sayers, believe that it was merely a philosophical device created by Plato to teach the people of Greece a valuable