Atlantis–– Did It Exist?
There was a man named Solon. Greek Archon and knowledgeable chap. He found a map, supposedly of this lost continent somewhere beyond the Pillars of Heracles ( aka Gibralter Straits — where Scylla and Charybdis hung out back in the day.) We don’t know much about Solon, but Plato took things further with his allegorical theories about this mystery island continent which challenged Athenian power 9000 years before Solon’s time, (approx 600 BC.)
These Atlanteans were warlike conquerors and took slaves from the mainland, but Athens defeated them, and the gods intervened and Atlantis sunk beneath the waves — or something like that. The myth and legends fade together and the theories, and location, range from shifting tectonic plates in the Atlantic to the island of Santorini near Crete, pictured below.
Some theories claim Atlantis was part of the Minoan culture in ancient Crete. Another lost civilization destroyed by some epic disaster. Others connect it to Troy, the city sacked by the Mycenean ancestors of the Greeks. And of course, myth and popular culture have placed the Lost Continent deep in the Atlantic ocean, beyond Madeira and maybe near the Azores. But scientists have ruled out any possibility of a continent existing there due to the subsidence of tectonic plates.
Marion Zimmer Bradley who wrote the marvelous Mists of Avalon penned two books about Atlantis. Jules Verne explored it with his 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, one of the first movies I saw. JRR Tolkien’s Numenor and GRR Martin’s Valyria are their takes on the subject. C.S Lewis explored echoes of it in Narnia, and Robert Jordan had a similar theme with part of his Wheel of Time series.
Sensuata By Tolkien Artist Roger Garland
Gol fell victim to Sensuata’s wrath in my own take on the subject. Sneaky snippet –– The Emerald Queen, next book in the Legends of Ansu series will be returning to Gol. More on that soon!
The mystery and theories surrounding Atlantis are fascinating. Believe in the myth or not, it’s fun to imagine Sinbad sailing there, or Indiana Jones finding that crystal skull again. Here’s a Wiki link to the multitude of popular culture surrounding the Drowned Continent
We are two-thirds water, and It’s easy to visualize past continents of magic wielding beings, or mythic mysterious places such as Lemuria, Hyperborea, Huy Brasil, Ys, Tir Nan Og, and Lyonesse.
So why not sit back with a nice cup of tea or something stronger and play Sheherazade on Spotify — let Sinbad’s Voyage and your imagination carry you off to distant Atlantis before the fall.
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