Week 5

The city of Atlantis has captured the minds and curiosity of people all over the world. Disney has released their own interpretation of Atlantis to entice the younger generation. Not too long ago, I took a ride at Sea World that was inspired by the lost empire, which included several underwater creatures bumming into our vehicle. It seems that everyone has their own take on what Atlantis was like and what lead to its downfall. The most debated topic pertaining to Atlantis is its location. From my own research, it seems that there is evidence of Atlantis all over the globe without a real lead. Most of the archaeological findings are compared to Plato’s work which spoke of a sunken island with great detail. It is debatable if this work is based on true events or a philosophical warning.

One theory that I looked into placed the lost city in southern Spain. Satellite photos taken of southern Spain suggest that the Atlantis was in fact a region of the southern Spanish coast that was destroyed by a flood between 800 B.C. and 500 B.C. (http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2004/08/0819_040819_atlantis.html). Scientists matched photos of rectangular structures and concentric circles to Plato’s description of the city of Atlantis (http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2004/08/0819_040819_atlantis.html). It is believed that the rectangles are remains of a once magnificent palace. Within the same article, an argument is made for Ireland being the model for the mythical Atlantis that Plato wrote of. The country is the exact size as described, and the civilization in this region was more advanced compared to other Stone Age culture (http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2004/08/0819_040819_atlantis.html).

Both theories make very loose connections to Plato’s work, which many use as a guide to the lost city of Atlantis. The first problem that arises is the credibility of Plato’s work. It is inarguable that Plato was a wise man, but he is known as a philosopher who writes to teach. It is very likely that all of these islands faced some sort of demise due to nature without necessarily being the mythical Atlantis. Cultural diffusion would explain the findings of rectangular palaces and circular city scape. It is more plausible that Plato based his work off many different locations.