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Updated on April 21, 2011

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This lens is consisting of some very elusive "histories unsolved mysteries" which are still unsolved for common people even after human has reached at moon. Science had made so many milestones but these "unsolved ancient mysteries" are still challenging the human brain.

Especially in this lens I will share some "facts about Atlantis the lost city". You will know some interesting "information on Atlantis the lost city" here.

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It is said that much before Sumerians civilization, a great civilization existed in the Atlantic Ocean. It was a paradise, where civilization was at its Zenith. But then a volcano erupted and the entire grand civilization was washed away.

The story of Atlantis was first told by the Greek philosopher Plato. But how far can one believe Plato? This is a question which many ask. After all where did Atlantis disappear? Why do we have no historical proof? Or was the story or Plato a mere fable?

True or fiction? Myth or reality? These are the questions which have inspired many to carry out research. Yet the truth is unknown, untold.

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The story reads like a fairy-tale.

The time is 3500 years ago. A long hazy summer day was coming to an end. The rays of the sun were shining on a tiny island. The island appeared inexplicable beautiful with sun rays highlighting the volcano. The narrow streets were filled with people. Woman were enjoying the pleasant evening. They were laughing and chattering.

The evening passed away. Night came. And with time the pleasant, peaceful atmosphere changed into a turbulent, violent one. The sea changed its colour. From within the earth came muffling voices. The islanders grew worried. They thought that 5000 ft. high volcano was about to erupt. They thought that the God controlling the violent forces of the earth had awakened from his long slumber. The people of Atlantis merely thought on these lines. They did not know that those were just sings of a great Cataclysm. And that happened. Their whole civilization was destroyed.

First a dark smoke engulfed the entire island. Then a blitzkrieg of pumice stones occurred. This was followed by ash which poured down heavily. A big bang occurred. The great volcano erupted forming a crater of 37 miles. Into this gap rushed the sea water and the great civilization finished, leaving behind no trace.

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The scientists and seismologists see the destruction of the island in this way. According to them the destructive forces must have been equivalent to 500-1000 atomic bombs. According to them the dark ash which fell down on the Aegean must have plunged the entire area into darkness. The deposits of it were found on the remains of the island and the ancient Greeks called it 'kalliste'.

Scientists believe that Kalliste is the only particle which can solve the fiddle that has made the historians and geographers mum on the topic, which the great Greek philosopher, Plato had extensively descried in his discoveries.

According to Plato, Atlantis was a paradise. It was a vast island with green plains and impressive mountain ranges. The island had variety of animals, even elephants and fruit gardens. The island was rich with precious metals alloy of copper and orichalc. The city was arranged in five zones and was built in prefect consentience circles. The ports were served with canals.

Plato also says that the city had a great palace and a temple, which were covered with silver and gold. The interior of the temple was of ivory and walls, pillars and floors were coated with orchid. A statue of the God was built with gold. This God, standing on a chariot this six winged horses has been described as the God of the Sea and shaker of the Earth. The inhabitants worshipped this God.

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Plato has not only described the good pints of the society, but being a great judge of human nature describes, "When the divine portion began to fade away, and became diluted with mortal admixture 2026(society) became full of avarice and unrighteous power." Atlantis embarked on the career of war and conquests. They defeated most of the surrounding areas. The only power that stood against them brilliantly was of Athens. But the defeat was not enough to teach Atlantis a lesson. After the moral decay, even Gods grew against Atlantes and punished them with severe earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. And Plato describes, "Afterwards there occurred violent earthquakes and flood; and in a single day and night of misfortune…" the island of Atlantis disappeared into the depth of the sea."

According to Plato this happened 12,000 years ago in the straits of Gibraltar. And from this point starts the great controversy of Atlantis. Historians ask whether Plato story can be trusted. And then what were the circumstances in which he wrote it.

Plato story passed from generation to generation. The main source of Plato story was his nephew Critias. And Critias claimed that he heard the story form his grandfather- Dropides and the latter hared it form Solan, who was famous for his truthfulness and was considered to be one of the wisest law givers and the seven sages of Greece. Solan lived form 640 BC Plato wrote the story two centuries later.

Solan himself claimed that the story was not original. He heard it form a priest in Egypt. Solan was so impressed with the story that he translated it into a poem in Greek.

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Plato believed that Atlantis was in the Atlantic itself

From this account, it appears that the Egyptians know about the Atlantis or perhaps trade existed between them.

However , as far as Plato version matters, it was more philosophical than historical. Ploto student, Aristotle believed that it was not more that a poetic fiction. Many scholars think on the lines of Aristotle.

But there are some scholars who believe in the truthfulness of the story. Crantor (300 BC) who was the first commentator on Plato work believed that the account was true. Even stoic philosopher and scholar Posidonius (135- 50 B.C.) refused to believe it as minds imagination.

Even after 23 centuries, the controversy haunts - truth or fiction? So much so that many have taken advantage of the situation and have started weaving uncommon stories about black magic, clairvoyance etc.

Plato believed that Atlantis was in the Atlantic itself. This led to serious research and historians found out that once there existed a continent in the middle of the ocean. According to these historians, the Azores, the Cape Verde Islands, the Canaries and Madeira were the mountain peaks of Atlantis.

The 15the century cartographers included Atlantis into the world map, purely out of imagination. When America was discovered, it was thought the Atlantis had been unearthed. Gradually the interest in this mysterious island gave birth to a new science department Atlantology, in the 19th century. The prominent member of Atlantology was the American politician and member of the US congress, Ignatius Donnelly. He published a book "Atlantis: The Antediluvian world". The book became a best seller.

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Donnelly observed some comparisons between pre-Columbian civilizations and ancient Egyptian culture. He gave the example of pyramids, mummy and the art of developing 364 day calendar. He emphasized that the two civilizations had a common seed - Atlantis. And after its destruction, both the civilization grew up differently.

Donnelly took the help of archaeology, mythology, ethnology, geology and botany. He scientifically prepared the documents and proved that Atlantis existed. Many believed in Donnelly's theory.

However, 20th century oceanographic studies have completely negated the work of Donnelly. According to the oceanographers, the 36 million sq. miles Atlantic show no evidence that a cataclysm ever took place and the there existed a continent. Although 12,500 miles long mountain range runs form north to south in the Atlantic ocean, this in no way could be remains of the Atlantis, as it is rising up at the place where Atlantis should have subsided.

In 1912, the controversy was again flared up. An article appeared in the newspaper- New York American. The title of the article was How I found the lost Atlantis, the source of all civilizations and the author was Dr. Paul Schliemann, grandson of the discoverer of Troy.

Dr. Paul claimed that he possessed some valuable documents and articles passed on by his grandfather. Dr. Paul showed the bronze vase which was unearthed at Troy and which bore the inscription: "This was the gift of Cronos, King of Atlantis." Dr. Paul tried earnestly to prove his evidence but nobody believed him.

So much has been written on Atlantis that recently, a German archaeological journalist, C.W. Ceram counted the number of the volumes written on Atlantis. The number was astonishing. About 20,000 volumes have been written on the subject.

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The unique write up had been by the American prophet and clairvoyant, Edgar Cayce(1877-1945) . Cayce claimed that number of his clients were reincarnated Atlanteans. His picture of Atlantis, which emerged during various trances, was quite similar to Plato's vision, though he had never read Plato. According to Cayce, Atlanteans were advanced people who brought about their own destruction and that Atlantis was between the Gulf of Mexico and the Straits of Gibraltar. Perhaps, he was hinting towards America.

Again in 1968, Dr. Valentine discovered some walls which sparked the Atlantis controversy again. He saw a giant wall, submerged in the waters of North Bimini Island. He linked this wall with the Atlantis.

Earliar in 1967, at Greek archaeologist, Sypridon Marinatos made an excavation and discovered Santorini. He compared the cataclysm of 1883 which occurred at java and Sumatra with the information of a similar cataclysm which occurred 3,500 years ago at Samtprini. The Santorini cataclysm was earlier researched in 1965 by two American scientists Dragolslav Ninkovich and B.C. Heezen. Marintos concluded that the sequence of events of both the volcanic explosions was identical. Moreover, the excavation at Santorini resolved many archaeological doubts.

As the science of archaeology is day by day becoming scientific, historians and archaeologists think that eventually Atlantis mystery will also be solved. Till then, various stories and legends continue to hound around the mysterious, vanished civilization. Rivers of ink continue to flow in constructing a new story or a new discovery about Atlantis.

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      sierradawn lm 4 years ago

      Beautiful lens!

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      Dan 4 years ago from CNY

      Perhaps the title of this should be changed to something about Atlantis? I like this lens, but the title and the first intro paragraph are misleading....making it seem as if you will discuss more unsolved mysteries.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      The solution to the Atlantis enigma is simple enough. It was a supervolcanic island off Portugal that exploded and sank in the 17th century BC, leaving behind only the vast Tore seamount caldera west of Lisbon. Plato's date is obviously wrong, but only because the Egyptian priests (his source) habitually exaggerated historical time (see Roots of Cataclysm, Algora Publ. NY 2009).

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      waldenthreenet 5 years ago

      Great topic. I have a hypothesis to solve historical mystery in India, my own origins. Congrads on reaching Squidoo level 56. Am going for next. Who was Ashoka ? Thanks.

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      NYThroughTheLens 6 years ago

      Great info and lens.

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      Reflections-on-Decorating 6 years ago

      Fascinating info! Thanks for sharing it!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Atlantis has held people's intrigue for years, much fun.