Hail, Atlantis! Short History of the Legendary Lost Continent

AtlantisI’ve been fascinated with Atlantis all of my life. If you are, too, you might enjoy this short history I wrote about Atlantis in myth and fact.

Via Suvudu:

Atlantis has remained the subject of debate – and inspiration – for thousands of years. Writers like Francis Bacon saw in Atlantis much the same things that Plato might have: A great allegorical story that could be easily used to comment on contemporary society. Bacon’s book The New Atlantis described an island off the coast of the Americas that was home to Bensalem, a utopian society explicitly compared to Atlantis by one of the book’s characters.

Even in the 1600s most people understood that Bacon’s book was allegory, but there were some who either began to believe or already believed that the great indigenous nations of Central America were a legacy of the Atlanteans. Other ancient civilizations became subject to Atlantean speculation in time, either as recipients of Atlantis’ cultural legacy or as possible inspiration for the Atlantis myth. The discovery of the remains of the city of Troy – a city once considered mythical – by German archaeologist Heinrich Schleimann 1871 gave some credence to the possibility that perhaps the old Greek myths held more than a grain of truth. Perhaps, then, historians shouldn’t discount folk memory as repositories of truth.

Author and politician Ignatius Donnelly took this idea and ran with it, publishing the incredibly popular Atlantis: The Antediluvian World in 1882. Donnelly suggested that not only was Atlantis fact, it was the cradle of civilization. According to Atlantis: The Antediluvian World, an enormous catastrophe sank the continent beneath the waves and its people scattered across the world bringing culture and technology to primitive tribesmen. It was an attractive idea for European readers who were confused – and perhaps a little intimidated – by the impressive remnants of supposedly primitive non-European peoples. In some ways, Donnelly’s book may have preserved the idea of Western civilization’s superiority.

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6 Comments on "Hail, Atlantis! Short History of the Legendary Lost Continent"

  1. Ted Heistman | Jul 1, 2013 at 3:59 pm |

    From a couple different sources I have received word that Sasquatches have watched us build collapsing super Civilizations several times…and that’s why they go bare foot. Start wearing shoes, loincloths, etc.=Slippery slope to annihilation!

  2. Thank you for penning this Matt. Would love to hear you and Randall discuss Atlantis sometime. Also the following conversation features Randall Carlson and Scott Onstott discussing all things Catastrophic. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=uP05JXamK6w

  3. trompe l'oiel | Jul 1, 2013 at 6:48 pm |

    I enjoy the akashic prospects of Cayce. His take seems so creative. Thought-forms condensing themselves millions of years ago to experience this lush planet through pioneering the frontiers of sensation. Eventually through the intermingling with what to them was a tempting and beautiful material world, they became divided among believers in pure energy and matter. The subsequent disagreement over the knowledge of good (spirit) and evil (energy veil/ matter) caused several wars and WMD’s were unleashed through hyper concentrated sunlight lasers being focused through monumental quartz crystals. Causing the collapse that disseminated the spiritual and technological culture of antiquity. Who makes that stuff up, impressive if it was pure imagination?

    It’s all very fascinating, I wonder how much information is yet to be disclosed concerning this phenomenon, because the likelihood is, it would change the world forever once confirmed and elaborated on scientifically.

    Or we would just shrug and annihilate each other over who was right between the Sons of the one and the Sons of Belials….. bipartisan till we’re dust.

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