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AtlantisAtlantis We will never knowFantasy is a tough sell in the twentieth centuryThe world has been fully discovered and fully mapped Popular media has effectively minimized the legend and the fantastic rumor though to makeup for this it has generated falsities not as lavish but just as interesting Satelliteshave mapped and studied the earth leaving only a space frontier that is as yetunreachable But standing out is a charming fantasy the modern world has yet to verifyor condemn the lost continent of AtlantisThe father of the modern worlds perception of Atlantis is Plato circa428-circa 347 bc 1 The Greek philosopher spoke in his works Timaeus andCritias of a continent in the Atlantic ocean larger than Africa and Asia Minor combinedwhich rivaled Athens as the most advanced in the world 2 According to the legend surroundingPlatos dialogues the island of Atlantis was violently thrown into the seaby the forces of nature and its few survivors managed to swim ashore and relatetheir story 3 There the legend was passed by word of mouth until an Egyptian priestrelated the story to Solon a character in Timaeus The priest admired the achievementsof prehistoric Athenians because when the rulers of Atlantis threatened toinvade all of Europe and Asia the Athenians on behalf of all Greeks defeated the Atlanteansto avoid enslavement 4 The works of Plato opened the floodgates to endless speculation on whetherthe continent described was fact or fiction Atlantis has since been placed inSpain Mongolia Palestine Nigeria the Netherlands Brazil Sweden Greenlandand Yucatan Every nook and cranny of the globe has been hypothesized mountain peaksdesert lands the ocean floor and even the barren wasteland of Antarctica have been mentionedin theories 5While some of these theories are compatible with Platos works and are withinrelative reason numerous crackpot theories have been developed using thelost continent as a basis One of these theories posted on the computer internet whereit has access to over fifteen million people talks in twenty-one pages of pre-historicallands
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