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miercuri, 12 septembrie 2012

Lost City of Atlantis

I am here to start a topic of the 4,000 year old Lost City of Atlantis.

People believe that this mythical place was found in Spain & Alaska, my question is was this city this big to be found in both Spain & or Alaska some also say that this amazing city was brought down by a Tsunami then another person brought up this topic again saying that the city was brought down by the worlds biggest volcano that irrupted.

Now whether or not these two topics are true or made to be true why has the government tryd to find this lost city, if this city is suppose to be the greatest city ever made with all these statues ever made that are so calld still standing under the sea/sand of this world what is stopping them from searching for the whole city instead of saying they have found some of it.


It was for Greek philosopher to bring to the world the story of the lost continent of Atlantis.

His story began to unfold for him around 355 B.C. He wrote about this land called Atlantis in two of his dialogues, Timaeus and Critias, around 370 B.C. Plato said that the continent lay in the Atlantic Ocean near the Straits of Gibraltar until its destruction 10,000 years previous.

The Capitol of Atlantis

Plato described Atlantis as alternating rings of sea and land, with a palace in the center 'bull's eye'.

Plato used a series of dialogues to express his ideas. In this type of writing, the author's thoughts are explored in a series of arguments and debates between various characters in the story.

A character named Kritias tells an account of Atlantis that has been in his family for generations. According the character the story was originally told to his ancestor Solon, by a priest during Solon's visit to Egypt.

According to the dialogues, there had been a powerful empire located to the west of the "Pillars of Hercules" (what we now call the Straight of Gibraltar) on an island in the Atlantic Ocean. The nation there had been established by Poseidon, the God of the Sea. Poseidon fathered five sets of twins on the island. The firstborn, Atlas, had the continent and the surrounding ocean named for him. Poseidon divided the land into ten sections, each to be.

The capital city of Atlantis was a marvel of architecture and engineering. The city was composed of a series of concentric walls and canals. At the very center was a hill, and on top of the hill a temple to Poseidon. Inside was a gold statue of the God of the Sea showing him driving six winged horses.

About 9000 years before the time of Plato, after the people of Atlantis became corrupt and greedy, the Gods decided to destroy them. A violent earthquake shook the land, giant waves rolled over the shores, and the island sank into the sea never to be seen again.

At numerous points in the dialogues Plato's characters refer to the story of Atlantis as "genuine history" and it being within "the realm of fact." Plato also seems to put into the story a lot of detail about Atlantis that would be unnecessary if he had intended to use it only as a literary device.

In "Timaeus," Plato described Atlantis as a prosperous nation out to expand its domain: "Now in this island of Atlantis there was a great and wonderful empire which had rule over the whole island and several others, and over parts of the continent," he wrote, "and, furthermore, the men of Atlantis had subjected the parts of Libya within the columns of Heracles as far as Egypt, and of Europe as far as Tyrrhenia."

Plato goes on to tell how the Atlanteans made a grave mistake by seeking to conquer Greece. They could not withstand the Greeks' military might, and following their defeat, a natural disaster sealed their fate. "Timaeus" continues: "But afterwards there occurred violent earthquakes and floods; and in a single day and night of misfortune all your warlike men in a body sank into the earth, and the island of Atlantis in like manner disappeared in the depths of the sea."Interestingly, Plato tells a more metaphysical version of the Atlantis story in "Critias." There he describes the lost continent as the kingdom of Poseidon, the god of the sea. This Atlantis was a noble, sophisticated society that reigned in peace for centuries, until its people became complacent and greedy. Angered by their fall from grace, Zeus chose to punish them by destroying Atlantis.By Plato's account, Poseidon, god of the sea, sired five pairs of male twins with mortal women. Poseidon appointed the eldest of these sons, Atlas the Titan, ruler of his beautiful island domain. Atlas became the personification of the mountains or pillars that held up the sky. Plato described Atlantis as a vast island-continent west of the Mediterranean, surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean. The Greek word Atlantis means the island of Atlas, just as the word Atlantic means the ocean of Atlas.


By Egyptian record, Keftiu was destroyed by the seas in an apocalypse. It seems likely Solon carried legends of Keftiu to Greece, where he passed it to his son and grandson.

Plato recorded and embellished the story from Solon's grandson Critias the Younger. As in many ancient writings, history and myth were indistinguishably intermixed. Plato probably translated "the land of the pillars which held the sky" (Keftiu) into the land of the titan Atlas (who held the sky). Comparison of ancient Egyptian records of Keftiu identifies a number of similarities to Plato's Atlantis. It seems likely that Plato's Atlantis was a retelling (and renaming) of Egypt's Keftiu.

When Plato identified the location of the land he named Atlantis, he placed it to the west-in the Atlantic Ocean. In reality, Egyptian legend placed Keftiu west of Egypt, not necessarily west of the Mediterranean. In describing Atlantis as an island (or continent) in the Atlantic Ocean, we suspect Plato was merely wrong in his interpretation of the Egyptian legend he was retelling.

Yet Plato preserved enough detail about the land of Atlantis that its identification now seems very likely, and rather less mysterious than many new-age advocates would like. It is likely that Atlantis was the land of the Minoan culture, namely ancient Crete and Thera. If this hypothesis is correct, Plato never realized that the land of Atlantis was already familiar to him. Let's have a look at the evidence which suggests that Minoan Crete and surrounding islands bear a striking resemblance to what Plato described as Atlantis.

Archaeological records show that the Minoan culture spread its dominion throughout the nearby islands of the Aegean, very roughly from 3000 years BC to about 1400 years BC. Crete, now part of Greece, was the capital for the Minoan people an advanced civilization with language, commercial shipping, complex architecture, ritual and games.

It seems very likely that related islands (e.g. Santorini/Thera) may have been part of the same culture. The Minoans were peaceful: very little evidence of military activity was found in their ruins. A 4-storied palace at Knossos, Crete, was said to be the capitol of the Minoan culture. Correspondence of Minoan cultural artifacts with aspects of the Atlantis legend make the identity of the two seem virtually certain. Perhaps the most unusual of these is the Minoan bull fighting.

By Egyptian legend, the inhabitants of Keftiu would engage in ritualistic bull fighting, with unarmed Minoan bullfighters wrestling and jumping over uninjured bulls.

Story of a Lost City

The mystery of the lost city of Atlantis still captures the imagination of millions. Was it real or just myth. Here are the basic facts.

Lost civilizations really still exist. New discoveries are happening even as you read this. Places like the Nazca Lines Google Earth can now be clearly seen. New cities have just been found in the Amazon. Just because we haven't found Atlantis doesn't mean we never will.

If you are genuinely interested in the story of Atlantis then the only place to start is the source - the writings of Plato and the stories of Timaeus and Critias.

When you remove the gods, the parables and the sociological interpretation from the text you are left with the following key points.

  • Solon (638 BC–558 BC) was a famous Athenian statesman, lawmaker, and Lyric poet who allegedly heard the story of Atlantis from Egyptian priests that he was visiting that claimed that the Athenians had forgotten their true history because from time-to-time their civilization had been largely destroyed by catastrophes.
  • The Egyptian priests referred to the “Declamation of Heavenly Bodies”, meaning meteorites, which cause devastation on the planet. -----The Egyptian priests understood that from time-to-time there were serious natural catastrophes that involved fire and water (from which they had been largely immune). They attributed these to the actions of the Gods
  • A war once took place between the Athenians and the Atlanteans The Athenians apparently came from Athens.
  • The Atlanteans apparently came from an island beyond the pillars of Hercules (Straights of Gibraltar)
  • The war took place 9,000 years before the time of writing which was approximately 2,500 years before today – so in effect 11,500 years ago.
  • Atlantis was allegedly an island greater in size than Libya and Asia combined.
  • Atlantis was eventually destroyed by an earthquake.
  • The Athenian Gods were at peace with each other.
  • The story had been forgotten by the Athenians because of a great deluge whereby only the illiterate people of the mountains had survived.
  • Solon inferred that the event took place before the time of Theseus.
  • At the time the Athenians ruled a land from the Isthmus (of Corinth) to the heights of the Cithaeron (a mountain range in what is today central Greece) and Parnes. Oropus was the boundary on the right and the river Asopus the boundary on the left.
  • The Athenian land was fertile and able to support a great army.
  • Many floods had taken place during the 9,000 years prior to the recording of the story.
  • Many of the cliffs surrounding this (Athenian) land had been eroded and fallen into the sea. Many of the woods that once existed have disappeared. The land was less eroded and less rainfall was swept into the sea.
  • The climate was more temperate.
  • The Acropolis was larger and surrounded by soil and not the outcrop of rock it is now.
  • They had Gymnasia.
  • There were once more springs that disappeared after an earthquake.
  • The Athenians were healthy, beautiful people that were well prepared for war.
  • Poseidon was patron and God of Atlantis. (God of the sea and earthquakes)
  • Atlantis was an Island with a small mountain at its centre with fertile plains surrounding it.
  • The central mountain had rings of water surrounding it.
  • Water flowed from underground - some hot, some cold.
  • Crops flourished in the fertile soil.
  • Poseidon’s first child (born on Atlantis) was named Atlas and the ocean around the Island was named Atlantic.
  • From beyond the Pillars of Hercules the lost city of Atlantis controlled islands and lands as far as Egypt.
  • They had extensive trade with other countries.
  • Orichalcum (an unknown red coloured metal or alloy possible a mixture of copper and gold) was common on the Island.
  • The Island was well forested.
  • There were a great number of elephants on the Island.
  • The Island had chestnut trees.
  • The City / island existed long enough for many rulers / kings to develop it.
  • The lost city of Atlantis had a canal from the sea to an inner lagoon.
  • Three kinds of stone, one red, one black and one white were quarried on the Island of Atlantis.
  • They used brass to cover their dwellings and brass, tin and orichalcum to cover the outer walls of their cities.
  • Poseidon’s temple at the centre had a barbaric appearance and the roof (interior) was made of Ivory.
  • In the temple there was a statue of the god in a chariot.
  • The lost city of Atlantis made use of private and public baths and then saved the water for use on their fields.
  • The later docks had Triremes and many naval supplies.
  • The Island had cliffs on most sides but was otherwise a plateau with a small mountain at its centre and mountains to the North.
  • The North of the Island had high and beautiful mountains.
  • The plain featured a circular ditch (canyon) of such size (a 100 ft in depth) that it could not have been manmade.
  • The military had war chariots.
  • They benefited from winter rains.
  • Their shields were small.
  • The land was divided into ten kingdoms each with its own city.
  • No King was to ever make war on another Atlantean King.
  • This rule lasted for a great time but in the end the Kings became victim to mortal desires and sins.

So, what this means is that everything else that you have ever read, that is not a direct translation from the Hellenic (Greek), is either made-up, psychically received or conjecture. For the full transcript of the original document, click here.

While it is unlikely that the lost city of Atlantis ever existed as a single place, the description presented by Critias is remarkably precise for a narrative. Plato himself asserts that Atlantis is a real place.

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