People keep on speculating about the real location of Atlantis. Some researchers claim that it is to be found on the ground of the Atlantic Ocean, other suggestions include the Caribbean area, the South Pole, the islands of Crete and Thera, the vanished kingdom of Tartessos, England, the Azores and even Helgoland. Yet in his writings, Plato explicitly describes the location of Atlantis – in the Atlantic Ocean, west of the Pillars of Hercules.

Was that the appearance of the world 20 000 years ago? Was is at that time that Atlantis had its heyday? Moreover, there is the Sahara Sea the theory of which being supported by traces of shells and similar objects. Did Mu, the equally lost continent in the Pacific Ocean, really exist? Or is Mu to be equated with the Indonesian Islands since they were not islands but mainland at that time? In this chapter, we will be concerned with such suppositions in order to get a more detailed idea of where Atlantis was located. Moreover, the following chapters will also deal with the geographical conditions of Atlantis, yet in other respects.

Excerpt from the “Timaios-Critias Dialogue“ about the location of Atlantis:

“(...)Many great and wonderful deeds are recorded of your state (Greece) in our histories. But one of them exceeds all the rest in greatness and valour. For these histories tell of a mighty power which unprovoked made an expedition against the whole of Europe and Asia, and to which your city put an end. This power came forth out of the Atlantic Ocean, for in those days the Atlantic was navigable; and there was an island situated in front of the straits which are by you called the Pillars of Heracles; the island was larger than Libya and Asia (the part of Africa known to people at that time) combined, and was the way to other islands, and from these you might pass to the whole of the opposite continent (did the old Egyptians mean America?) which surrounded the true ocean; for this sea which is within the Straits of Heracles is only a harbour, having a narrow entrance, but that other is a real sea, and the surrounding land may be most truly called a boundless continent. Now in this island of Atlantis there was a great and wonderful empire which had rule over the whole island and several others, and over parts of the continent (the Caribbean area and parts of America?), and, furthermore, the men of Atlantis had subjected the parts of Libya within the columns of Heracles as far as Egypt, and of Europe as far as Tyrrhenia (...)“

The Mistake in the Myth

Atlas, son of Poseidon (Atlantis report), son of Iapedos (Greek mythology), was the first king of Atlantis. ‘Atlantis‘ literally means ‘daughter of Atlas‘. It is the very hint at the genealogy of Atlas that casts some doubt on the Atlantis report. For only Plato in his dialogues “Timaeus“ and “Critias“ claims that Poseidon is the father of Atlas. The Atlantis report is believed to originate from old Egypt. Hence, it should be 12 000 years old. However, Iapetus, then, ought to be mentioned as the father of Atlas. Maybe Plato just imagined the whole story and failed to notice this trifling matter. So far, I have never come across that mythological mistake in any book!       

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