Atlantis Myth Or Legend Essay

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ATLANTIS A MYTH OR LOST CIVILISATION? -Doug Paish Civilisations have come and past for as long as history can remember, most consumed by foreign invaders, some tore apart by the leaders who ruled them, but however the mythical civilisation of Atlantis was swallowed by the sea. The story of Atlantis tells of a noble race that controlled the sea from their own island in the Atlantic. Some versions tell of advanced technology, magical crystals and everlasting life. The myth of Atlantis creates intrigue amongst historians to find this lost civilisation, so far many theories have been proposed, but are any of them sound, was Atlantis real? I would like to believe so.... MAIN THEORIES: Plato's Atlantis .Timaeus, written by Plato, 355 B.C. The story of the lost continent of Atlantis starts in 355 B.C. with the Greek philosopher Plato. Plato had planned to write a trilogy of books discussing the nature of man, the creation of the world, and the story of Atlantis, as well as other subjects. Only the first book was ever completed. The second book was abandoned part way through, and the final book was never even started. Plato used dialogues to express his ideas. In this type of writing, the author's thoughts are explored in a series of arguments and debates between various characters in the story. Plato often used real people in his dialogues, such as his teacher, Socrates, but the words he gave them were his own. In Plato's book, Timaeus, a character named Kritias tells an account of Atlantis that has been in his family for generations. According to the character, the story was originally told to his ancestor, Solon, by a priest during Solon's visit to Egypt. There had been a powerful empire located to the west of the "Pillars of Hercules" (what we now call the Strait of Gibraltar) on an island in the Atlantic Ocean. The nation there had been established by

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