In 360 BC, the Greek Philosopher Plato wrote 2 books (Timaeus and Critias) about Atlantis
- a city ringed by concentric walls
- flourished 9000 yrs before his time
- huge naval forces
- founded by Greek god Poseidon
- after failed attempt to attack Athens, Atlantis was destroyed in a day and a night.
What Happened to Atlantis?
- Some cataclysmic (or at least great and unexplainable) event destroyed (or displaced or even sank) the entire island and capital city.
- it is said this great event was caused by their own doing?
Where Was Atlantis?
- According to Plato it was located in front of the pillars of Hercules. (beyond modern Gibraltar?)
the ancients believed they moved from Mediterranean to the Atlantic ocean.
More books have been written about Atlantis than any other subject?
- Info Source – History Channel Ancient Aliens “Underwater Worlds” 2010.
The Critias account by Plato reads:
. . . which had elapsed since the war which was said to have taken place between those who dwelt outside the Pillars of Heracles and all who dwelt within them; this war I am going to describe. Of the combatants on the one side, the city of Athens was reported to have been the leader and to have fought out the war; the combatants on the other side were commanded by the kings of Atlantis, which, as was saying, was an island greater in extent than Libya and Asia, and when afterwards sunk by an earthquake, became an impassable barrier of mud to voyagers sailing from hence to any part of the ocean.