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Atlantis: True Story or a Great Myth?

Plato (c.424–328 B.C.) the ancient Greek philosopher has written a lot of true stories and because of them his name has not been forgotten for centuries. One of the most popular is the story about the lost civilization of Atlantis.

The story about the mythical island is contained in Plato’s dialogues “Timaeus” and “Critias”, written around 360 B.C. The civilization of Atlantis was founded from half goad and half human creatures on the concentric group of islands connected by canal with capital city in the center, around 9,600 B.C. It was a powerful kingdom with advanced culture rich with gold, silver and rare wildlife. They eventually conquered Europe as far Etruscan Italy and Africa as far as Egypt using their power.

The location of the islands is still not found. By the writings Atlantis is situated beyond the Pillars of Hercules (Strait of Gibraltar by the assumptions), with dimensions larger than Libya and Asia Minor together. There are many locations candidates like Atlantic Ocean, Malta, Caribbean and even Antarctica.

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The god of the sea, Poseidon was the protector of the civilization, but the people became greedy, immoral and arrogant so the gods decided to punish them. On night using floods, fire and earthquakes the gods sink the Atlantis into the ocean and destroy the whole civilization.

There is a possibility the story is written by true events. A heavy volcanic eruption destroys the Greek island of Santorini (ancient Thera) in the Aegean Sea around 1,600 B.C. The eruption causes massive tsunami which is the reason for disappearing of the highly advanced civilization of Minoans who lived on Crete and islands around.

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Except Plato’s stories, there are no other events written before for the existence of Atlantis. A lot of scientist considers Atlantis as Plato’s view for ideal society, spiritual and moral people who lived in Utopian civilization.

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