November 5, 2020

Top Theories about the Lost City of Atlantis

Atlantis was a continent that existed in the mid-Atlantic as was destroyed by natural catastrophes

For the purest, this remains the traditional understanding and the one originally postulated by nineteenth century writer and Atlantisphile Ignatius Donnelly in his 1882 book, Atlantis, the Antediluvian World, who imagined the Atlantic Ocean to be no more than a few hundred feet deep and prone to occasional vertical shifting. Since so little was known about the ocean in his day, his theory was considered plausible by many at the time—at least until the advent of modern oceanography, when it was determined that the Atlantic was up to five miles deep in spots and not prone towards creating massive continents. While this essentially torpedoed poor Ignatius’ hypothesis as far as science was concerned, some continue to hold to it with great tenacity largely because of Plato’s insistence that the place existed just outside the “Pillars of Hercules” (an ancient term for the modern Straits of Gibraltar), implying that it had to lie somewhere in the mid Atlantic.