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Did Atlantis Really Exist?

Updated on October 7, 2014
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Atlantis: The Lost Continent - Did it really exist?

The legend of Atlantis has long been discussed, researched, and even actively sought. It is a grand tale of a continent sinking into the ocean, wiping out a great civilization.

Could it be that this happened? where? when? Many have asked those questions, and some even think they have answers.

I believe Atlantis did exist and just because we can't agree on its location doesn't change that.

Was Atlantis Real? and if so, where was it? - Was Atlantis Just A Myth?

The Great Atlantis Debate

Was Atlantis real or is it a myth?

It did exist!

It did exist!

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    • anonymous 2 years ago

      our world is big enough for anything to happen. Angels, Ghosts, Fairy's, Heaven even God. Most people believe in them, but we don't have the proof or evidence that it existed, just like Atlantis, which has more evidence.

    • Melanie Paige 3 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      I say, if there's no proof it did, then where's the proof it didn't? Personally, I believe it did exist, regardless of of science and other people say :)

    • NickHerc 3 years ago

      I think it did.

    • norelyngatawa 4 years ago

      I think it existed but the description has been blown up and exaggerated a bit.Maybe there was once a great city and the island sunk.maybe they were considered advanced during that time.and those supernatural myths about them were just added as time passed by.

    • employmentresources 4 years ago

      I believe it's real

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      it is real!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I love history and someday I will become a archaeologist , I wil prove to all people with all nations by nations that atlantis and noah's ark and even more unexplained stories.All I can say is that believe whats in your heart. And I believe that atlantis what destroyed by a natural disaster, and look people at my country called Philippines olmost all the citys and all islands are being covered with water, theres a possibilities that my country will be gone.

    • OMENA777 4 years ago

      I have no doubt it existed. It is part of our history as a civilization.

    • kopox 4 years ago

      i believe it is real... as real as maya tribe...

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      OMG it did exist because i am learning about it in calss and i toatally belive it THE WHOLE STORY even though some people dont belive it is real it does not matter its thier own choice....

    • Ardyn25 4 years ago

      I think it did exist, but that its origins have probably gotten embellished over time. I've read Plato's story regarding Atlantis, very interesting.

    • LuizAvila 4 years ago

      Real!!!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      yes!i do believe that the city of Atlantis existed and also that a great civilisation was wiped out only because of some natural disasters!!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      wa

      idk what happen hehehehe!!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      How did the people come up with this story in the first place if it didn't exist?

      I believe that the people who proved it exist passed the story through generations.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      atlantis really exist becuz it was found of a gruop of sciebtist. they found it near south of spain, they found it with the use of satelite.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I think real cos it was flooded

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Just because we don't know where it is doesn't mean it doesn't exist.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Atlantis did not sink, but rather it was flooded about 10,000 years ago with the great flood. I believe that once the waters had settled the oceans had risen about 250+ meters.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I think it is somewhere in the atlantic ocean probaby pretty close to the shore.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      If people dont belive that atlantis is real then screw them ibelive that atlantis exist and i know much more than them.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      i believe it is real because i have done some reaerch for the past 12 yrs about atlantis and i have come down to it being real

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I believe it did exist and that no one has found it yet. Whether or not Captain Nemo was on the same track or even close to finding Atlantis is a different matter. So what if no one has seen it because there is more to everything than meets the eye like in some of the books I've read a shy smart girl turns out to be a vampire slayer. Atlantis is out there and someone will find that no matter what other people say. I'm not as 'knowledgeable' as some others still in the 10-24 age section but that doesn't mean I don't know as much about this subject as others.

    • Thomas-J-Stevens 5 years ago

      It existed and any survivors ended up on both sides of the Atlantic. In Mayan the word "Atl" means water, and many monuments, statues and such face East.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      i think it did exist cuz why would someone make somthing up like that

    • remedywiz 5 years ago

      I Think It Did Exist, But The Only Way To Find Out Is To Search For Its Remains With An Open Mind.

    • Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      Absolutely, no doubt in my mind about it.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      for me ,,there is some evidences that atlantis can really exist,im only 12 years old and i like mysterious things and im curious about atlantis,,i think atlantis can exist because if some rare species like the one that japan founded(not sure about the name),,

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      its gotta be real!

    • Lawrence Hebb 5 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      We know for sure that the ancient Minoan culture was destroyed in a similar way. Stromboli erupted and devastated Crete taking with it that culture. There are a few other possible sites as well, so it is possible.

    • nelchee 5 years ago

      Where there's smoke, there's a fire... scriptures and myths are not to be taken literally, but there must have been something that inspired them.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      i beleive it did exsist but their making it seem like a movie than an actual thing

    • Tangled07 5 years ago

      I think it existed :)

    • MillBucks 5 years ago

      I say its a great possibility that Atlantis did exist.

    • Miran74 5 years ago

      Sounds possible to me :)

    • cocomoonbeams 5 years ago

      I love the idea of Atlantis!

    • flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      I'm convinced that Atlantis was a real place... but perhaps "not exactly as illustrated" as they say in the ads. :)

    • Ann Hinds 5 years ago from So Cal

      Myths or rumors always have a grain of truth. My husband is convinced that it was real. Still, I will leave my options open because it is such a great story.

    • Julia Morais 5 years ago

      I think it existed once upon a time.

    • GaelicForge 5 years ago

      Myth's keep us connected to the romance of ages. They can kindle our imaginations and lead us along strange pathways. Atlantis does exist in many ways, not necessarily physical, but in the heritage of our ancestry and the calling of the wind.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I'm a hopeful heart!

    • Gabriel360 5 years ago

      Maybe...maybe not...

    • Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      I'm pretty open to a strong possibility that it did exist!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I believe it was real, not sure if we'll ever find it though!

    • gamrslist 5 years ago

      must be real were talking about it

    • mowug1776 5 years ago

      if it existed it probably only had stuff like pluming and maby electricity

    • AliciaMae 5 years ago

      Every oral tradition/story has some kernel of truth.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      i think its real im just wondering if its safe

    • zafeyry 5 years ago

      I think it did exist, but what would we do if we found it now? I like the mystery element.

    • cody44 5 years ago

      I say it was real..................difficult to prove now.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I beleive that YES Atlantis DID exist.

    • jimbarnes lm 5 years ago

      i believe it to be real

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      It had to of existed or why else would there be the bimini road.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Yes it did divers found a road under the sea and a tsunami could off wiped it out look what happened in Japan 2011?

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I think we are very smug to think we're the first technologically advanced civilization to exist on our planet. Of course Atlantis existed. Too many similar stories from around the world for coincidence.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      It's true I think that Atlantis exist because in the ancient times the're were a lot of earthquakes and tsunamis.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Real. It is the origin of the Adamic race or civilization. (Adamic=the descendants of the biblic Adam) Extracts from Atlantis populated Ancient Egypt and Central America.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I think it did exist. They have proven and have pictures that the city is under water. If they made their homes of marble, that would last forever underwater. That could be where this ufo techonolyg comes from. From a civilization that could go beyond the speed of light and venture off to other planets. Because, they were destroyed, the technology was never passed on to us. Someone had taken this technology to other places at that time before they were destroyed. Today, I believe someone had that technology that that lost civilazation had. I believe it is the key to going to other planets. Even if it was coded in other language, through computer technology it can be decoded. If the technology has not been found yet, then it must be buried under sand some where.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Atlantis did exist. It was an ancient civilization that needed a powe source to survive. The scource died and so Atlantis sunk.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      The explanation of Atlantis is fairly simple: It was a supervolcanic island off Portugal that exploded and sank in the 17th century BC. The gigantic remnant caldera is plainly evident on the seafloor less than 200 miles west of Lisbon. Plato's dating was off, simply because the Egyptian priests (his source) habitually exaggerated historical time (see Roots of Cataclysm, Algora Publ. NY 2009).

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      The solution to the Atlantis problem is simple enough: It was a supervolcanic island off Portugal that exploded and sank in the 17th century BC. The gigantic remnant caldera is plainly evident on the seafloor less than 200 miles west of Lisbon (Tore seamount). Plato's dating is off simply because the Egyptian priests (his source) habitually exaggerated historical time (see Roots of Cataclysm, Algora Publ. NY 2009).

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      atlantis did exist

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      atlantis is real and ofcourse it is lost

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      have a look underneath Antarctic ice

    • WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      I think there's a very good chance it existed. My guess is that it's by the Bimini Islands.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      i have done alot of research to find the answer to one of the most common questions in the world today. DOES ATLANTIS REALLY EXIST? well this is what i have found out we all know that Atlantis is meant to be at the bottom of the ocean somewhere. but know one knows where so i say that Atlantis must have existed at some point as back when Plato wrote about it the imagination of peoples minds back then didn't fanaticise the way it does today. so back then he must have had some proof or reason to write it down

      at the end of the day there is no hard physical evidence that jesus was an acctual being or that he was truly resirected for all humanity. i thik that atlantis was wiped out by a sunami more than 12.000 years ago after all we know they do exist and that they can wipe out lots of things that is my conclution of the event of atlantis.

      P.S for any explorers of atlantis i think u shud try and research Plato and see tif there is anything of his in existance today and see if there is any evidence of atalntis in them. HAPPY HUNTING

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Im not sure if it does exists or not but i do think it is possable.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      it could go both ways.it could exist because we have 4 certain places it could be.it might not exist because playto is the ONLY greek philosiphor who wrote about it. i am neutral.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      it is real because of the fact that there are some places it has been seen in 4 different places. but it could also be fake because pluto is the only greek philosiphor who wrote about this submereged underwater island.so it could go both ways.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      it exist because it is located somewhere between africa and europe

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      yes it did exist i got real pic of atlantis under water beacuse i went to the ocean and dived there and i found it and took pic of it

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      The Atlantis legend has a fairly simple and straightforward explanation: It was a supervolcanic island off Portugal that exploded and sank in the 17th century BC (see Roots of Cataclysm, Algora Publ. NY 2009). Plato's dating is obviously wrong, simply because the Egyptian priests (his source) habitually exaggerated historical time. Plato, by the way, never called Atlantis a continent, only an island that controlled parts of west Europe and the NW coast of Africa.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Atlantis is real! or at least that's what i'd like to believe. I love the idea of there being a place no one knows if it exists or not. and who knows maybe one day when we find it, we'll find traces of mermaids or other cool mythological stuff.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      its true

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      i'm jil the son of marka, it did really exist, but around 350 B.C it was in the near of mediterranean, but it was hit by the first tsunami in the history, and sunk under the sea, and the town of atlantis also sink and now covered by the sand under the sea, that's why even how hard they search for it they wont find it. what a useless humans.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I really dont know.But i hope we find it some day and i hope Atlantis is real because if it isnt than north america and europe do not fit together everything else dose!that would suck!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      atlantis is real

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      There is a 50/50 chance that it might have existed but where is it? at the bottom of the Atlantic ocean or Pacific? If you believe the continental drift theory which of course did happen, look at south america's shape and Africa's shape.But there had to be a land mass in the Northern Atlantic sea to connect Europe and North America together. Antarctica was on the eastern coastline of Africa, as well as Australia. The continents all fit together, except North america and Europe. I personally think that Atlantis did exist, but I do not believe the myth of the earthquake and a tsunami alone caused Atlantis to sink. I think a years of hurricanes, Earthquakes, and tsunamis wiped out Atlantis. The land underneath the Island must have somehow gone away, causing Atlantis to sink. One day, I hope we do find the long lost city of Atlantis soon or in future generations.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      i think it did and i am going to discover all about it one day. and maybe even visit it.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      i think we all have to do research and if we find something we will believe that it existed. I personally believe that it did exist.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      i think i did exist because if you think about it there is a huge gap in the Pacific ocean, there HAD to be some type of land mass there.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      i say its probaly christian29 is going to be

      kicked off

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      me and unsentletter26 did a prentation on atlantis

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      it has to exist hey jack awsome

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      i like that idea we probley are the next civelization to be found

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      no you don't posiden it's real

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      atlantis is awsome just like me

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      the bermuda triangle is linked to atlantis it aparintly holds the key to atlantis

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      the famous writer Plato wrote about it its proven to be real

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      i got top secret news aparently they found it yep atlantis idont believe them but its near gold coast its all cracked

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Pyramids could be the biggest clue of all because people think aliens built them when there is not a single trace that they exist and Atlantis people could have built them to direct themselves to Atlantis.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      it did exist you no the pyrimids they must be built by atlantis to guide themselve alien stuff hahaha

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I think Atlantis did exist because there is no way anyone could have drawn those pictures of a city so magical so easily when none other city seemed to be identical to Atlantis.Not to mention that when people were looking were looking for temples they seemed to find what is considered artifacts such as stoned steps/stairs.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Well people believe in god and thats a myth, I believe more in Atlantis

    • Echo Phoenix 5 years ago

      after the privilege of touring the 30+ year excavation site on the Greek island of Santorini which is a proposed site of the lost Atlantis, I believe!

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      I choose that it was real.. But I think it maybe went different then sinking down, maybe it was a real place but something else happened to it or we know it as a different place.. Just a thought.

    • dahlia369 6 years ago

      I never had any doubts about Atlantis being real!

    • Brownmole 6 years ago

      Yes, I did a project on Atlantis that took over 2 months, and almost all the websites and books I read have pointed to Atlantis being real.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      I say that what do we know? it could well have existed, yet our Grannies aren't old enough to remember it! Anyways, there is 0 proof that it didn't exist, yet so much proof that it did!

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      i think it did exist because they said that something big happened 9,600 years ago that changed the climate around the world also they went into the ocean and found huge blocks and stuff so i think it did exist

    No way! It's just a myth.

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      • anonymous 4 years ago

        yes Atlantis was in fact an island just as bell isle (used to be called bell's island ) is real and will also sink to the bottom of the ocean like Atlantis but as time goes by will people forget to that bell isle did really exist and where it used to be or will they pass it off as a myth as well do people think that Mayan tribe was just " a myth " no the will not and do not its that simple people sure not everyone knows at the time where Atlantis was exactly but that doesn't that it never did exist at all we don't exactly know where the Mayans came from or if they really had magic or could really see into the future but the knew that Pluto would explode and no longer be a planet they also knew when the sun would explode and the Mayan calendars were more correct than our calendars now are so i'm saying that Atlantis is just as real as Bell isle and the Mayan tribe think about it

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        The story may be based upon historical events but the problem is Plato is not a reliable source. Diodorus' account of the Atlantians is quite different. He places them at the base of Mount Atlas in Africa and it is an island in a nearby lake that disappears in an earthquake. The island was populated by Amazons who then challenged the Greeks in Asia Minor. Greek mythology supports Diodorus but not Plato. Mount Atlas is consistently in Africa and it is the Amazons who invade Asia Minor. For more info see Greg Alexander's "Atlantis, the Origin of a Legend".

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        noo !! hell no it do not exist !

      • johnnyfortune 5 years ago

        Myth :)

      • deansav 5 years ago

        Maybe not.

      • CORYfromEARTH 5 years ago

        Too much sci fi is associated with atlantis. If it did exist, it was something much different than what we have heard about it today.

      • Edutopia 5 years ago

        Myth though it is equally likely that natives mistook a super volcano errupted out of line of sight at the parties so they can try and generate as much as they can.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        it did not exist since such a huge continent will not disappear all of a sudden due to earthquakes and tsunamis.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        it does not exist since such a huge land will not vanish all off a sudden due to a tsunami or earthquake

      • aquarian_insight 5 years ago

        When I was a kid, I believed it was real and I was going to be a famous archaeologist, discover it and write a great book. Well, reading a great lens about it is fun too!

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        alantis is just crap

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        Maybe it did, but it would be definitely fascinating if it really did, I heard its really cool. I think...

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        well .. i don't know if i agree nor not ..but i think its a myth ..

        because i don't think that a volcanic eruption can be possibly cause to sink "ATLANTIS ".. well GOD only know .. :)

      • Johan 6 years ago from Belgium

        I don't think is did ever exist. Plato used it to describe the ideal civilisation and projected some of the history of that time in the story. His point was: As "his" Athens resisted to Atlantis, I was more powerful than any other civilisation in the world.

      • ChristineRenee LM 6 years ago

        I think it's a myth. It's possible there was a place called Atlantis, but all the supernatural stuff about the type of place it was and how it was destroyed is myth.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        No its a legend a myth there is no way something like that happens like a sunmi taking japan but did not take the land like in a story i have read.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        it is not real

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        personnaly i don't believe it exists really

        since there is no poof no evidance

        thanks

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        maybe, could be possible

      • SandyPeaks 6 years ago

        Probably a myth, since most civilizations have left some evidence of their existence. It would be useful to find evidence of trade or disputes in the documents or artefacts of other contemporary civilizations, but none has yet been found. Perhaps he was remembering Thera or Santorini.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        i don't know if it exist or not one way to proof it, is to find it

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        i don't believe it really. there's really no evidence, is there.

      • compgeek123 6 years ago

        I believe there was a very famous man called Plato who posed atlantis as a 'hypothetical city'?

        Plus, plate tectonics rules out a 'sunken' city. Not to rain on anyones parade....

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        It does not exist

        Evidence1:Some say it is in Mexico, CENSORED FOR PROTECTION says that it is in the Philippines and some says it is in Japan. Does it means Atlantis were many.

        Evidence2:Right, its a myth,if we belivve in myth we will also belive in other gods.

        Evidence3:God made the whole universe and only made humans not aliens. An article shows that atlanteans came from other planet so they are aliens. Aliens are not true so atlanteans are not true.

      • Henk LM 6 years ago

        It's a myth. And if it did exist it was a town or small island, not a continent.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        it's not...

      • irenemaria 6 years ago from Sweden

        I must say that it is a very good idea. A continent so you can tie two others together. Then I can travel more easy. But if it did exist like you say here neeeee...

      • Twmarsh 6 years ago

        I would guess that it did not exist, but it is an excellent topic for debate!

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        Umm I think it is possible but not likely

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        it's a complete myth! i mean, come on! next we are going to be saying that greek gods are real!

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        no it dose not exist. I would know I rule the sea.

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        it is not real if u did belive in it it would be like beliving in unicorns

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        i think that atlantis is not realgeek

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        ppl are dummies!!!!

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        It was just a myth there is proof

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        It existed just like all the ods we believe in.... maybe we are not real at all ahahah XD

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        It exist just like all the god we believe in... and we are all dreams...

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        I think it is the myth.

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        i think that atlantis are real but it have some proof

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        i feel it like real but did it has proof

      • Inthesys 7 years ago

        While it's an entertaining idea, there would be significant evidence if it had existed.

        "It is only in modern times that people have taken the Atlantis story seriously; no one did so in antiquity". - Alan Cameron

      • Inthesys 7 years ago

        While it's an entertaining idea, there would be significant evidence if it had existed.

        "It is only in modern times that people have taken the Atlantis story seriously; no one did so in antiquity". - Alan Cameron

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        alantise never existed it was all made up from some random guy there is proof that it never existed!

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        i have to do this for hw and no way would it exist,

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        they say that the bascos were of atlantis

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        you wish jellyfish!

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        bullshit..

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        why not dig up the areas.if was so long ago wouldn't it be buried under thousands of years of sand and dead sea life. os until someone comes up with the money to do so i think the topic should be silanced until real hardcore proof is shown to the world.but the only edvidace dumbasses have is by some guy long ago who probally was an orical and those people sat in a cave with a lot of chemicals that made them see crap and if the whole theory of atlatis is based on that you might aswell go in a cave with those chemicals and see what you come up with.

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        it is a myth

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        where are the building structures?artifacts?true location?many of these questions remain unanswered.i believe in the civilization of atlantians but not of human decent.the technology used then is of the 20th century, aircrafts? that long ago ......then why the ancient carvings of ufo like aircrafts.

      • freedomgeek 9 years ago

        We can scientifically prove that their was not a Continent that used to be around recently then sank into the ocean. I suppose it is possible that a city (or an altaran city ship...) with a name like that existed in history but defiantly not a Continent. Also do you realize that the burden of proof is upon you so even if we did not have much evidence you would still be responsible for providing evidence?

      • fefe42 9 years ago

        I'm saying no until there is more evidence otherwise.

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      Atlantis: The Lost Continent

      Athanasius Kircher's map of Atlantis - 1669 (oriented with South at the top)

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      About Atlantis

      The first known record discussing the legendary island of Atlantis was by Plato, in the dialogues Timaeus and Critias, written about 360 BC.

      According to Plato, Atlantis was located "in front of the Pillars of Hercules" and that it was "an island greater in extent than Libya and Asia".

      He wrote that over 9000 years earlier there was a great war, in which those inside the Pillars of Hercules, led by the City of Athens, fought those outside the Pillars of Hercules led by the kings of Atlantis. Thought the Atlantis force was strong, the extreemly brave fighters from within the Pillars of Hercules overcame then. However, as Plato wrote "But afterwards there occurred violent earthquakes and floods; and in a single day and night of misfortune all your warlike men in a body sank into the earth, and the island of Atlantis in like manner disappeared in the depths of the sea. "

      The History of Atlantis

      The History of Atlantis
      The History of Atlantis

      A renowned scholar of the Atlantis myth, Lewis Spence wrote five books on the fabled land, and this is considered by many to be his best work. Replete with the magic and romance of that fantastical lost land, this replica of the first 1926 edition includes all of the original maps, photos, charts, and illustrations, and discusses: the differences between Atlantean and other histories; why Plato's narrative of the realm was not allegorical; the numerous historical references to and proofs of the reality of Atlantis; the geography of Atlantis; the inhabitants of and early human society in Atlantis; the kings of Atlantis; corroboration of the existence of the realm in British literature.

       

      So then, where was Atlantis? - If Atlantis was real, where was it?

      In his writings, Plato stated that Atlantis was located on the Atlantic Ocean "beyond the pillars of Hercules". So, if Atlantis was a real continent, then WHERE was it?

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          Melanie Paige 3 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

          The crystal skulls that Ancient Aliens talk about; apparently they came from Atlantis and escaped with one person per skull, all of whom took their skull and kept them on all corners of the world, and never to be reunited as they are the key to unlocking the lost land.

          I have a theory that Atlantis did not only sink, but also got sent to a different dimension or plane of existence, or maybe just cloaked. I'm very open minded :)

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          employmentresources 4 years ago

          Awesome lens! thanks ;D

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          OMENA777 4 years ago

          Atlantis was a civilization of advanced people, especially when it came to healing and technical knowledge.

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          Ardyn25 4 years ago

          Great lens. Thanks for posting it.

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          LuizAvila 4 years ago

          Atlantis is an important subject!

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          Thomas-J-Stevens 5 years ago

          I have read dozens of books on Atlantis and some have very weak evidence to support claims Atlantis was in Indonesia or Bolivia. the Indonesia theory was supposedly the culmination of 30 years of research. However his jumps in logic leave the theory unconvincing, in my opinion. The eel migration observation by Ott Muck is much more interesting, and shows that there was possibly a landmass in the Atlantic.

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          Deadicated LM 5 years ago

          Excellent Lens, I think there are a few locations where Atlantis could have been located.

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          wheresthekarma 5 years ago

          Great interesting lens. Going to pin it to my "mysteries' board on pinterest :)

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          June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

          I really have no clue whether Atlantis existed. I have an open mind on the subject, though.

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          RealLifeServices 5 years ago

          Wasn't it a place where traders would come together in the times when Greece was a major knowledge hub of the world?

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Great lens!

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          flycatcherrr 5 years ago

          My current theory is that the myth of Atlantis grew up around the flooding of a real island that was perhaps not far above sea level to begin with, but the sophistication of its culture and technological achievements and whatnot have been greatly exaggerated in the telling, to say the least.

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          Ann Hinds 5 years ago from So Cal

          If it didn't exist, there would be no myth to tantalize so many for so long. Great lens on an interesting subject.

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          Shorebirdie 5 years ago from San Diego, CA

          I think it may have been a large island that sank or was covered by water after the ice age glaciers began to melt, or both. But, I don't think it was much more advanced in technology than the average culture in the area at that time.

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          Julia Morais 5 years ago

          Maybe we're just not meant to find it. When the time is right, we will.

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          Liz Mackay 5 years ago from United Kingdom

          Im not sure about Atlantis, but believe it very possibly could have existed. Blessed.

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          MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

          Lovely lens. There are so many speculations about Atlantis... I hope it's found one day.

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          GaelicForge 5 years ago

          Atlantis sings in the hearts of the human race as a treasured and ancient ballad that entices us toward the creative spirit of life.

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          fivee05 lm 5 years ago

          I do believe that Atlantis existed.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I was here a couple years ago and my hopeful heart still wants there to have been an Atlantis. Donovan's "Atlantis" started playing in my head as soon as I came here and just had to listen to it...it was magical...hail Atlantis! But, I digress, I meant to just congratulate you on front page honors!

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          KReneeC 5 years ago

          Great lens! Very interesting..... well done

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          no such thing. at least that is what I thought

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          hftm69 5 years ago

          Great lens, I also believe that Atlantis excisted, but at this moment we can't proof that Atlantis excisted, the ocean is so big...

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Great lens! I love mysteries like this!

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          LabKittyDesign 5 years ago

          Some historians claim that the basis of the story of Atlantis was ancient Crete. There was a very rich Minoan civilization there for a couple thousand years which got wiped out virtually overnight by a volcanic eruption. This was around the time that the Greeks were arriving on the scene, which might explain Plato's obsession with the place. Sea levels in the Mediterranean changed dramatically, creating lots of submerged ruins around the island. Also, the documents that the Minoans left behind are written in something called Linear A which nobody knows how to read, adding to the mystery.

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          gamrslist 5 years ago

          ill be back enjoyed your lens thank you

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          mowug1776 5 years ago

          sometime i wonder if there where 2 Atlantises

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          C A Chancellor 5 years ago from US/TN

          I think this is such a fascinating question. I'd really like to believe that Atlantis existed. Maybe one day there will be concrete proof.

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          parwatisingari lm 5 years ago

          yeah this is one of my table thumping debates. I love this one.

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          Edutopia 5 years ago

          Great lens. There is a lot of information that we don't know yet that could be miss-attributed to a super volcano eruption or the volcano.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I like the debate created here! Good way to trigger participation. Excellent job! Thanks for the subtle teaching.

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          WriterJanis2 5 years ago

          I can't wait for the day that it's found. How much history we could discover.

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          caketech 5 years ago

          This lens has just been squid angel blessed! I have always been intrigued by stories of Atlantis, and whether it is real or not, it is still fun to read about!

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Was really into the myth of Atlantis when I was a kid. Great lens! Kudos!

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          aquarian_insight 5 years ago

          Takes me back to when I was obsessed with Atlantis. A great lens.

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          franstan lm 5 years ago

          I have always been intrigued by Atlantis. Blessed.

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          dahlia369 6 years ago

          I always enjoyed this kind of stories. Nicely done & great resource. ***Angel blessed*** during my epic Back to School Bus Trip quest :)

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          sukkran trichy 6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

          interesting and informative lens on a lost continent. learned a new subject from you. thanks. ~blessed~

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          kab 6 years ago from Upstate, NY

          @HERBMASTER: I don't exactly know what you mean, because this page is on both sides of the Atlantis issue, but thanks, I guess. And so the world knows, I did visit your site; I did read it; and I did declare it BS. I'm not buying what your selling. But thanks.

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          HERBMASTER 6 years ago

          Aside from the Atlantis issue, I really like how you wrote this page on the issue. It really makes me rethink what I could do differently. Thanks for visiting me at my site.

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          RetroMom 6 years ago

          This is a very interesting lens. It makes me wonder, it Atlantis really do exist.

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          grannysage 6 years ago

          Sometimes I could just kick my husband. He is always destroying my favorite myths with facts. I was a true Atlantis in the Atlantic believer until he convinced me with research that it was most likely the explosion of Thera. The Minoans had a very advanced civilization and the eruption greatly contributed to its decline. There are also some that speculate that it could have been linked to the story of the Exodus in the Bible. It is a truly fascinating subject.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          this was an impressive lens. interesting information on the island sinking in the ocean. thanks for sharing this wonderful lens - something greek

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          garrekds 6 years ago

          Atlantis certainly has a lot of exciting stories surrounding it, but like many scholars have been saying about several resurgent myths, people in modern times are taking the stories far more seriously than the people of antiquity ever did.

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          MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

          It doesn't matter if it was really real, it was definitely real and we are living in it now. If we don't wake up, just like they didn't, then we will be with them.

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          MoonandMagic 6 years ago

          I love the Atlantis legend, I have rolled this and enjoyed it a lot :)

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Great job on making this lens, you can see that you put a lot of thought on this.

          Great job!!!

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          AmbrosiaPopsicle 6 years ago

          The next time Atlantis Rises, will be within us.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Nice lens on this topic. Of course, I believe that it existed.

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          irenemaria 6 years ago from Sweden

          I saw a lovely movie made about this. Pro´s and con´s. They left me with a question mark.

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          DecoratingEvents 6 years ago

          For years I have read tons on this, both ways. I believe it was real. Cool lens idea!

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          emcueto 6 years ago

          it probably did exist but the stories of it that we know of today may have been twisted to make it more appealing to people.

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          awakeningwellness 6 years ago

          This is a great topic for a debate, I definitely believe it existed. Have you ever read any of Edgar Cayce's channeled information on Atlantis?

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          This debate has been going on a long time and I think it will continue until concrete proof of Atlantis is found. I choose to believe it did exist.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          There are other places that did exist and no traces can be found of them, so why not Atlantis too. It could have been real. I don't know....

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          JoyfulPamela2 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

          I don't know if existed or not, but the mystery behind the story makes it all that more interesting and fun!

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          Christene-S 7 years ago

          Funny that I found this lens today. My daughter had announced earlier that when she grows up she will find, and live in, Atlantis. LOL

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          I always like to hear or watch or read about Atlantis. Don't know if it exists, but its interesting. :)

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          The Atlantis legend actually has a very straightforward explanation. It was a supervolcanic island off Portugal that exploded and sank in the 17th century BC, i.e., the lost island was exactly where Plato said it was. Plato's Egyptian sources greatly exaggerated the antiquity of Atlantis -- along with their own (See Roots of Cataclysm, Algora Publ. NY 2009).

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          Ram Ramakrishnan 7 years ago

          Interesting topic for a lens. Unless decisively proved, the question of Atlantis having existed should remain in the realm of myth.

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          I haven't really don't much research on this, but from the bit I've read, (and I understand that people talked differently in the times of Plato) the first thought I had was that he could have been talking about a ship. I mean on this page what you cite from Plato, he never states anything of land of the "Atlantis". He talks about the land where you can see Atlantis from... I don't know. Like I said, I haven't done much research on this, it was just a first impression. Though, maybe not even a ship; but something large floating in the ocean. Eh, just my 2 bits.

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          Jennifer P Tanabe 7 years ago from Red Hook, NY

          Great topic for a lens! Definitely a fascinating debate. I guess I'm a believer, at least I hope there was a real Atlantis. In any case, the story is memorable and has much to offer even if we never find the real Atlantis.

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          lasertek lm 7 years ago

          I have always believed that Atlantis existed. I may not have gone into research but my instinct tells me that such a place and civilization once lived this earth.

          Nice debate. Rated 5* Hope you could visit my lenses and become a fan of my fb page . Thanks

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          There actually is enough real scientific information about the ancient world available to us to solve the mystery of Atlantis - so that's what I've done in this 8 minute video:

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cvT44vbkhA

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          Heidi 7 years ago from Benson, IL

          Excellent...I think it's likely that Plato's vision was based on older stories of a "Lost Land", which in turn were based on a genuine cataclysmic event. The details don't have to be one hundred percent accurate; but maybe there was really a large island out in the Atlantic that got sank by a massive earthquake in 9600 B.C.

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          Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

          I'm not sure and you've made me wonder what my teenagers think. I'll have to remember to ask them. Nicely done lens; blessed by a brand-new SquidAngel!

          Brenda

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          Crystal Booth 8 years ago from Stroud, OK

          Atlantis has always interested me. I'm not sure if it existed, but I love reading and hearing about it. Fantastic lens! Blessings :)

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          If Atlantis were in fact not a metaphorical city of Plato, why is that after Plato, only Donnelly came forward with his idea, a whopping 2000 years later. For us, Humans, anything unexplained, like the aliens, atlantis, life on Mars, is exciting. Although some of them turn out to be true eventually, not all have to necessarily be true.

          My gut says atlantis was Mr. Plato's imagination. and we are all now stuck to his fantasies.

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          SolarFeline 8 years ago

          Great lens! Have always had an interest in Atlantis. Great list of books to reference. Have read some and will definitely read the others. Kudos!

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          I believe... that God selected Atlantis to go as the dinosaurs went. I believe that man has reached some remarkable levels in the short time we have been here, and what it must have been like the first 3,000 years. I believe God made the Earth that we need to be aware of, 10,000 years ago and anything before this is not our concern. What about in btween The early Chinese, Egyptians and us ?

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          Very cool website! Are you aware of the new book, Of Atlantis by Lanaia Lee? This is a great book about the Kingdom of Atlantis before the destruction and the main characters have eternal life and turn up throughout history to play big roles in stuff like The Mayan Doomsday Prophecy and even the Third Reich. Check it out at her website: www.lanaiaslair.com

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          anonymous 9 years ago

          Everything about Atlantis doesn't have to be true for it to have existed. I believe Atlantis was an island, not a continent, that existed somewhere in the Aegean Sea, and was destroyed by volcano-earthquake-tsunami combination.

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          Squidoophile 9 years ago

          I am a big fan of this topic, and your ideas are very good, and very attractive lens.

          try to see my debate on are there any extraterrestrial life.

          thanks.

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          bluejewels42 9 years ago

          Wow!! I am just at a loss for words, but I will give it an honest try... Very imformative, once I started reading it was hard to stop, but I will difinately be back tomarrow for more information.

          Very Enlightening.

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          Tony Payne 9 years ago from Southampton, UK

          Great lens for an ancient history buff like me.

          I believe Atlantis dates far back beyond the Greek civilisation, to the dawn of man, before the great flood, the age of the Gods.

          Did the Gods arrive on earth from another planet and create mankind? It explains a lot, and there is plenty of evidence if you open your mind. I have a lens on Zecharia Sitchin, author of The Earth Chronicles which you might find interesting.

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          Ellen Brundige 9 years ago from California

          Great lens! Sorry about holding forth, but it's been a scholarly hobby/focus of mine since the early 80s. :)

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          EelKat13 9 years ago

          great lens! for some reason I've always thought of Atlantis as being In the Mediterranean somewhere near France. No idea how I got that idea in my head.

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          kidgrifter1 9 years ago

          Great lens! I wanted to invite you to join my group: Join my group Monkey Brain!

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          Susan Deppner 9 years ago from Arkansas USA

          I still haven't made up my mind, but you certainly present a lot of great information here. Outstanding job!