Truth or Tale

Ancient: Belonging to the very distant past and no longer in existence.

History has always interested me. What I enjoy most are the discoveries of things we never knew existed in the past. The theories people come up with and the research they do to uncover and make their theories a reality are unbelievable. I have been particularly interested in the theories about the lost city of Atlantis.

There is no solid proof that the city of Atlantis ever existed but what historians and scientists found during their research points to some sort of lost civilization, or even a few.  The only known historical documentation of the lost city of Atlantis is from the descriptions of Greek philosopher Plato.

Researchers and scientists used Plato’s descriptions of the island as a map that pointed to the Mediterranean and Atlantic as the best possible sites. Some believed it was located on the Greek island of Santorini. It made sense because there were Tsunamis reported in the region for centuries, which could explain the disappearance. The largest Tidal wave reported slammed Libson in November 1755; it was 10-stories high. A wave that big could wipe out up to 60miles inland, according to the article I read on Msnbc.

Some theories suggest that the city was in Spain and others even suggest it was in Antarctica. Charles Orser -a curator of history at the New York State Museum said “pick a spot on the map, someone has said that Atlantis was there.”

In Plato’s documentation of Atlantis he describes the founders of Atlantis to be half god and half human. He described Atlantis as a utopian civilization that became a great naval power. Circular islands with motes and canals in between made up the structure of the city. The central island in the city was the capital. Plato described the islands to contain gold, silver, and an abundance of exotic wildlife and other precious metals.

The story of Atlantis has been passed down for centuries by poets and priests etc. Similar stories include tales about cataclysmic floods and volcanic eruptions that wiped out civilizations. One historical civilization called the Minoans disappeared around the same time as a major volcanic eruption and it was believed by some to be Atlantis due to it’s similarities. However, the timeline’s of the event and the time Plato wrote about Atlantis do not match up.

Many people do not believe that Atlantis ever existed. They believe that Plato used similar themes in many of his writings about human nature and morals. In his writings he explains that the occupants of Atlantis grew to be greedy and petty so the gods punished them by sending “one terrible night of fire and earthquakes,” and that it caused the city to sink into the sea.

One theory suggests that the occupants of the city fled inland when a Tsunami hit and the survivors built a memorial city there. Other researchers have found a city in Greece with similar structures to the ones described in Plato’s work.

At the site in Spain where researchers believe the city used to be, they are slowly uncovering it’s secrets. They are using satellite imaging, deep ground sonar and many other kinds of technology to uncover the truth.

I am curious to see what the researchers and scientists find throughout time. What if they uncover something completely different than Atlantis? Who knows what the future holds but I think it is so cool that we can uncover the past and learn about lost times. If it weren’t for the writings of Plato whether they prove to be true or false, there may have been parts of our history never unfolded.

What do you think, do you think Plato’s story is true?

Sources: “Lost City of Atlantis Believed Found off Spain.” Msnbc, 14 Mar. 2011. Web. 20 Oct. 2016.

Drye, By Willie. “Atlantis—True Story or Cautionary Tale?” National Geographic. National Geographic, n.d. Web. 20 Oct. 2016

via Daily Prompt: Ancient

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