Plato And The Magical World Of Atlantis

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Plato, the famous ancient Greek writer who wrote many stories to entertain and boggle the human mind told a fascinating story or an island called Atlantis. Atlantis was really the island of Thera. First I will provide Plato's description of Atlantis. His first and original description of Atlantis was in his two dialogs Timeaeus and Critias (Wilson). In both works the story is told by Critias, who was Plato's great grandfather, for a conversation between Solon and an Egyptian priest. The priest speaks of a powerful country called Atlantis that lies outside the pillars of Hercules (Koudriavtsev).Atlantis means a brilliant civilization (Atlantis, World book) It was a large island with fertile soil and was densely populated (Koudriavtsev). At the top of the central hill a temple was built to honor Poseidon the sea god, the rulers of Atlantis came here to discuss and pass laws. The city lay outside an outer ring of water and spread across a plain for about 11 miles. Most of the population lived here (Atlantis). Place topes were situated high above the sea level which rises precipitously and would rise over the flat plain surrounding the city (Koudriavtsev)."At the center of the island near the sea was a plain said to be the most beautiful and most fertile of all plains, as was described in Critias 113b. (Koudriavtsev). The flat plain was enclosed by mountains which came right down and touched the sea. Plato said that Atlantis was larger then Asia and Libya combined (Koudriavtsev).Then an unexpectedly catastrophe happened. There were violent earth quakes, tidal waves and volcanoes which supposedly led to Atlantis sinking, 9000 years before Solon's visit to Egypt. Making it happen before the eruption at Thera (Koudriavtsev).If you compare an ancient greek calendar and a ancient Egyptian calendar you'll notice 900 years in Egypt would be 9000 in Grease. That would make Atlantis's catastrophe the same time period as Thera's (Atlantis the lost Continent).Thera is a Greek island in the middle of the Aegean Sea. It was blown to bits during one of the worst volcanic explosions in history. The explosion created monumental tidal waves (Atlantis the lost Continent). Before the eruption It was a large volcanic island that would...

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