November 5, 2020

Top Theories about the Lost City of Atlantis

Accounts of Atlantis are fictional

The traditional position maintained by most scientists and historians over the years is that Plato’s account of a fabulously wealthy city as told in the Critias and Timaeus was merely a fictional story designed to both entertain and enlighten his readers as to the dangers of hubris and turning one’s back on the gods, and was never intended to be interpreted as an account of a real place or real events. Evidence for this is suggested by the fact that Plato tells us the island was given to the Greek god Poseidon, who fell in love with the beautiful daughter of Atlantis’ first king—named, not coincidentally I suspect, Atlas—and begat numerous children by her, to whom he promptly parceled out parts of the island to. He also tells us the Atlanteans were defeated by an alliance of Greek and Eastern Mediterranean peoples around 12,000 years ago—thousands of years before the earliest civilizations even emerged in the region—making the entire story unlikely to say the least. The question, then, is that if we are compelled to take any of the story as true, aren’t we logically obligated to accept everything—including a procreating god and a skewed timeline—as true as well? Does give one pause to wonder.