In order to understand the popularity of the Legend of Atlantis, we must first know the background and story of Atlantis. As a legendary mythological city, Atlantis existed before common historical record and disappeared somewhere around 413 B.C. The first account of this great civilization came from Plato, an ancient Greek philosopher, who describes Atlantis as a great civilization that conquered many continents and nations before its legendary destruction.
Many historians have been entertained with stories of Atlantis and its great conquest, but like every major civilization; we lead ourselves to our own destruction. Atlantis is believed to have been destroyed in one night and disappeared under the sea. “But where?” Well, that has been the controversy for many centuries, it has been thought to have existed in the midst of the Pillar of Hercules near Africa but, ultimately; we may never truly know its forsaken location.
On the other hand, the argument against Atlantis ever existing is held by the impossibilities of a tsunami destroying a land mass or a supreme being destroying a civilization in one night. In addition, the dates of our historical accounts have never added up to common belief. According to Plato, Solon, who was the the original source of Atlantis, told the story to the grandfather of the Critias, who was also named Critias. Who retold the story to his grandson. Some historians argue that the grandfather could not have both talked to Solon and still have been alive at the time the hypothetical discussion pictured in this dialogue was held.
Through the ages, the story of our legendary Atlantis has varied from possessing an infinite source of energy more powerful than any modern technology to having a navy more advanced than any that exists currently. Whether these variations of being far ahead of its technological time may be true or being of pure myth and fantasy, a few things are known for sure. The only recorded account of Atlantis come from Plato only in his writings,Timaeus and Critias. While these have occupied our imaginations for centuries, this isn’t much to go on as a legitimate historical evidence. We may never know the existence of our beloved Atlantis.
But maybe Atlantis never existed and maybe Atlantis is just our childhood imagination claiming its way back into our adult lives and history. Or perhaps it did exist and it is our greatest historical disaster and yet to be our greatest human discovery. Mankind has always tried to create explanations for things we don’t understand. But maybe that was our fault from the very beginning, some things are might not be meant to be explained. We may never know we may have happened or if Atlantis ever existed. But our search to explain the unknown have always been our strive for mankind’s excellence.
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