Atlantis, the great mystery Home
Over centuries ships, aircraft, people and civilizations disappeared. Most disappeared without a trace.
Two of the great mysteries coming to mind are Atlantis and the Bermuda Triangle.
One of the great mysteries and puzzles of our time is Atlantis.According to ancient tradition a great island west of the
Strait of Gibraltar, opposite Mt. Atlas. The people of Atlantis supposedly controlled much of the Mediterranean.
The Atlantis story comes from Plato, who in the Timaeus describes it as very prosperous and powerful; it even invaded
Africa and Europe but was defeated by the Athenians and their allies. Afterwards, owing to the inhabitants impiety, they
and their island were swallowed up by the ocean.
Plato took the legend from an account by Solon of Athens, who traveled to Egypt about 575 B.C.and there was told about
the lost continent. Other sources say Plato purportedly learned the story from Critias, grandson of Solon, a Greek ruler
who visited Egypt in 595 B.C.
This happened 9000 years before Plato's time.Under Galanopoulos' scale, the destruction of Atlantis occurred 900
years before Plato's time, not 9,000. In 1960 a Greek scientist suggested that Solon had read the Egyptian symbol for
100 as 1000.
Divided by 10, Atlantis' legendary size and date of destruction would fit Minoan Crete. The ancient Minoan civilization of
Crete was largely destroyed in the in the 1400's B.C. by a volcano's eruption.
In 1967 archeologists found a buried Minoan city on what remains of Thera. They theorized that tidal waves and volcanic
ash destroyed the civilization on Crete, which together with Thera was the "lost continent of legend."
From another source, geologists admit that there is evidence of the former existance of a tract of land west of the entrance
to the Mediterranean Sea, but they claim that it subsided beneath the waves before the dawn of history.