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The Legend of Atlantis

The legend of Atlantis is one of the most fascinating mysteries of the world. Did it exist or was it simply a myth?

If it did exist where on earth was it and where did it go?. Is The Canary Islands  the uppermost peaks of Atlantis mountains?. Whether you believe there is any truth in the legend is irrelevant as the story itself is so fascinating.

The descriptions of Atlantis as a paradise with fertile soils and a wealth of water has also brought for some the legend to the Canary Islands, which have long been associated with an abundance of agricultural produce. The Canary Islands are often referred to as a paradise in miniature. Blessed with beautiful year round temperatures and lands that are one minute dry barren deserts and at the next turn thick green forests or volcanic as far as the eye can see and it is easy to see why so many link Atlantis with the Canaries.
 

Atlantis is the name of an island first mentioned and described by the classical Greek philosopher Plato. According to him this island, lying "beyond the pillars of Hercules", was a naval power, having conquered many parts of western Europe and Africa. Soon after a failed invasion of Athens, Atlantis sank in the waves "in a single day and night of misfortune" due to a natural catastrophe which happened 9,000 years before Plato's time.

As a story embedded in Plato's dialogues, Atlantis is mostly seen as a myth created by Plato to back up a previously invented theory with real facts. Some scholars express the opinion that Plato intended to tell real history. Although the function of the story of Atlantis seems to be clear to most scholars, they dispute whether and how much Plato's account was inspired by older traditions. Some scholars argue Plato drew upon memories of past events such as the Thera eruption or the Trojan War, while others insist that he took inspiration of contemporary events like the destruction of Helike in 373 BC or the failed Athenian invasion of Sicily in 415-413 BC.

The possible existence of Atlantis was actively discussed throughout the classical antiquity, but it was usually rejected and occasionally parodied. While basically unknown during the Middle Ages, the story of Atlantis was rediscovered by Humanists at the very beginning of modern times. Plato's description inspired the utopian works of several Renaissance writers, like Francis Bacon's "New Atlantis". More than ever, Atlantis inspires today's literature, from science fiction to comic books and movies.

 
More about Atlantis............................ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlantis
Theosophical Maps of Atlantis.............. http://www.sacred-texts.com
Atlantis a journey by the old culture...... http://www.atlantia.de
   
 

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