In class, we talked about different ideas of what the Lost City of Atlantis is or was, and also what became of it and how it became of it. Atlantis was an idea that was first written down over two thousand years ago by the Greek philosopher Plato. Scholars have been at it for years arguing whether or not this place even exists. In class, however, we learned that most likely the place Plato talked about was more of a logical idea of a perfect civilization.
10. Accounts of Atlantis Were Just a Story
The tenth top theory is the idea that the story Plato wrote was just for entertainment. Scientists also say he wrote it also to warn people about turning their backs on the gods. The scientists use the reference of Platos account on Atlantis, when he talks about how the Greek God Posideon was given the islands of Atlantis. I find this theory to be one of the few that are very plausible because of the culture of ancient Greece. People in these times were very paranoid about the wrath of the gods, and I believe that Plato just wrote this to inspire or scare people into keeping their faith with the ancient greek gods.
9. Atlantis was fictional, however the world wide deluge is fact
This theory takes in account and comments on Platos statements on the almost the entire world being destroyed, except for a small population of people. They believe that there was a massive flood that devastated the earth, and people began to migrate and spread out from this “Atlantis” location. Plato stated that this event happened thousands of years before his time, which would have put it around the time of the ending of the Ice Age. I believe that this is a huge part of the theory that makes it somewhat credible.
8. Atlantis was a continent that was sunken by natural disasters
We actually talked about this theory in class. Ignatius Donnelly wrote a book that talked about what happened to this ancient technological marvel of a city, that suddenly sunk from massive flooding. He also assumed that the Atlantic Ocean was 100 feet or less deep. However today, we have discovered that there are depths reaching almost 5 miles deep.
7. Plato referred to an Ancient Greek City that was wiped out by volcanic explosion
Around 1600BC there was a giant volcanic explosion that was in the middle of many cities, including coastal cities. Scientists believe that Plato was referring to the city in an idealistic manner. I look at this as possible because Plato referrs to the god’s wrath which was what sunk/destroyed Atlantis, and perhaps this is what he was talking about.
The rest of the theories are pretty extreme, and I’ll write about #1 because I find it to be the one that I’ve never really heard of.
1. Atlantis is in the Bahamas
Apparently many believe that Atlantis was in the Bahamas. Here, they believe that many of the coastline has “street” like pathways, and roads that appear to be man made. However, scientists have evaluated these and concluded that they’re just natural formations.
Personally, I only believe in #10, because I’m a logical person and to me that was the most logical. Plato was a philosopher, and I believe he was just trying to explain the idea behind the perfect civilization.