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Platos atlantis: fact, fiction or prophecy? - thinking


Atlantis is often described as mystic or mythical, but is it really? In two of Plato's great works, the Timaeus and the Critias, Plato describes an Athenian cultivation in diaglogue connecting Critias, Socrates, Timaeus and Hermocrates. (Predating Plato by 9,000 years, or 9,600 BC) Atlantis, according to Critias, was a great Athenian city which, by the hand of mankind, met with disastrous destruction. By his (Solon) grandfather's education, Critias retold the story of an Athenian civiliation. Critias claimed that Solon (not only his grandfather, but a Greek trekker and historian from Egypt), stayed and organized with great Egyptian priests. The recordings from Solon were then given to Plato by Critias. For the reason that Plato's works are painstaking chronological fact, one can only fake that Atlantis DID actually exist.

According to Plato's chronological literature, Atlantis was an logical , considerable martial state that at the end of its realm, met with great, artless catastrophe all through the preparation stages on an assault on Egypt.

Agriculturally, the Athenian country was well educated and able to coin herbal remedies from plants. Their irrigational skills were very advanced, as they constructed muliple canals to hose their plains and farmlands. Due to their a cut above intelligence, reservoirs and buildings like the Capital were constructed, hydraulically-engineered gear and bridges were built, literary pieces and laws were written; and most often, their matter were layered with bronze, copper or gold.

Based on a kingdom and systemized class, the Atlantis culture also held a beneficial category for women. Historically belief to be the best of all nations, Atlantis ruled all surrounding land with their emperiorical laws.

Apart from being an complex civilization, Atlantis (according to Plato), was a massively-sized continent. By Critias' measurements, Atlantis would have been about 3,400 x 2,300 miles in size - this is bigger than some, major sea basins. Critias financial records that Egyptian priests told of Atlantis being located afar the Pillars of Hercules (the Passage of Gibraltar); this, where the Atlanic Ocean and the Mediteranian Sea ask on somebody's behalf one another. Today, some corroborate has been provided that denote below the surface walls and roads, and a set of islands resembling the shape of Atlantis in the Caribbean Sea. An added doable guess would be that Atlantis could probably rest on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, (a beneath-ground mountain range); while some researchers accept as true that Atlantis could be in the Azores, Crete or the Canary Islands.

Unfortunately, (according to the Egyptian priests), Atlantis was constantly minced by catastrophic earthquakes and floods until one day when the whole continent sunk beneath the sea and disappeared. They were also quoted as axiom that where Atlantis vanished, became an area in the ocean that was blocked and undiscoverable. The concept after the sinking of Atlantis was that mankind had befit so corrupt, that by their own hands, formed their own demise.

In closing, Atlantis brings to mind the biblical stories of Sodom and Noah. It also interrelates with the continental shifts during the ages of the earth's history, but could Atlantis exceedingly have existed? The evidence, whether anecdotal or philosophical literature, the fact cadaver that Plato only wrote chronological truth. This being said, what idea was Plato annoying to convey to the expectations of mankind? To the reader, I conclude this commentary with a quotation from Critias, from the prose of Plato, "There have been, and will be again, many destructions of mankind arising out of many causes; the best have been brought about by the agencies of fire and water, and other minor ones by inestimable other causes. " A accepted wisdom to ponder.


C. Bailey-Lloyd
aka. LadyCamelot
Public Relations' Chief & Staff Author for Holistic Junction - Your Basis for in a row on Healing Arts Schools


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