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Lost City of Atlantis

Lost City of Atlantis

Lost City of Atlantis

The idea that an ancient city or continent became lost to the sea forever is an intriguing concept for us all. There have been many tales of legendary lands coming and going throughout history. The most famous one of all, of course, is Atlantis.

Some say it’s a Lost city while others say it’s an entire continent.  Some don’t believe that Atlantis even existed at all. Whatever Atlantis was or might have been, we may never know.  There have been theories put forth by many people over the centuries, and many still speculate to this day.

 

It was Plato who gave the first written account of Atlantis.  He first mentioned the lost land in his dialogues Timaeus and Critias, which were written in 360 BC.  If there are any earlier accounts of Atlantis, they have never been discovered.  All we have are Plato’s dialogues, in which he mentions that Atlantis was destroyed some 9,000 years before.  He claims that Atlantis was antagonistic toward Athens, which resulted in the Atlanteans being punished by the gods.

 

“…Now in this island of Atlantis there existed a confederation of kings, of great and marvelous power, which held sway over all the island, and over many other islands also and parts of the continent.”

 

While many scholars believe that Plato only intended for this story to be an allegory of some sorts, there have been others over the years who truly believe that a civilization like Atlantis could have once existed.  A utopian society, wherein the inhabitants were highly civilized and had advanced technology.  A civilization filled with highly intelligent, but arrogant people.  According to many legends, the Atlanteans were destroyed because they became too “proud” and vain.

 

If such an advanced civilization existed 11,000 years ago, where is it now? lost at the bottom of the sea forever?  Hiding secrets that will never be found? Different theories have developed over the centuries as to the location of Atlantis’ remains. The Mediterranean Sea is the most popular location theory, while others believe Atlantis is at the bottom of the Atlantic ocean somewhere in between Europe and the Americas.

 

Perhaps the most fascinating theory is that Atlantis lies at the bottom of the Bermuda Triangle.  Some believe that the mysterious disappearances of planes and ships in the Bermuda Triangle are somehow connected to the Lost City of Atlantis.  Since the Atlanteans supposedly had advanced technology, could some of that technology still be activated to this day?  Some believe so.

 

Before we can find the answers to those questions though, we need to first figure out whether or not Atlantis ever existed at all.  And if so, what was it exactly?  A city?  An island?  An entire continent?  We can only hope that there really is a Lost City of Atlantis at the bottom of the sea, waiting for the day when its secrets will be discovered.