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At the centre of the island, near the sea, was a plain, said to be the most beautiful and fertile of all plains, and near the middle of this plain about fifty stades inland a hill of no great size ... There were two rings of land and three of sea, like cartwheels, with the island at their centre and equidistant from each other ... in the centre was a shrine sacred to Poseidon and Cleito, surrounded by a golden wall through which entry was forbidden. Plato, Timaeus & Critias
There was a temple to Poseidon himself, a stade in length, three hundred feet wide, and proportionate in height, though somewhat outlandish in appearance. The outside of it was covered all over in silver, except for the figures on the pediment which were covered with gold ... Round the temple were statues of all the original tenkings and their wives, and many others dedicated by kings and private persons belonging to the city and its dominions. ibid.
Two springs, hot and cold, provided an unlimited supply of water for appropriate purposes, remarkable for its agreeable quality and excellence; and this they made available by surrounding it with suitable buildings and plantations, leading some of it into basins in the open air and some of it into covered hot baths for winter use. ibid.
Here separate accommodation was provided for royalty and commoners, and, again, for women, for horses, and for other beasts of burden ... The outflow they led into the grove of Poseidon, which (because of the goodness of the soil) was full of trees of marvellous beauty and height, and also channelled it to the outer ring-islands by aqueducts at the bridges. ibid.
On each of these ring islands they had built many temples for different gods, and many gardens and areas for exercise, some for men and some for horses ... Finally, there were dockyards full of triremes and their equipment, all in good shape. ibid.
Beyond the three outer harbours there was a wall, beginning at the sea and running right round in a circle, at a uniform distance of fifty stades from the largest ring and harbour and returning in on itself at the mouth of the canal to the sea. This wall was densely built up all round with houses and the canal and the large harbour were crowded with vast numbers of merchant ships from all quarters, from which rose a constant din of shouting and noise day and night. ibid.
And the island of Atlantis was swallowed up by the sea and vanished. ibid.
In ancient Greece we have a number of myths which describe islands – bronze gleaming islands – that fell from the sky and landed in water. I don’t think that Atlantis therefore was an actual stationary physical island. Atlantis according to Plato disappeared in one night. With a lot of fire. And a lot of smoke. I don’t think Atlantis sunk: I think Atlantis lifted off. Giorgio A Tsoukalos
Ever since Plato wrote about it in the fourth century BC Atlantis has captured the imagination of adventurers and academics alike obsessed with finding out its location. But what if this classic story is nothing that anyone expects? What if the accounts of Atlantis having incredible advanced technology and then mysteriously disappearing is actually a description of an extraterrestrial culture that existed here on Earth thousands of years ago? Giorgio Tsoukalos, In Search of Aliens s1e1: The Hunt for Atlantis, History 2014
I’m exploring the medieval city of Silves in Southern Portugal with British author Peter Daughtrey. ibid.
At the foundation of this new religion was an ancient cult legend that tells the story of a continent somewhere in the north Atlantic. There lived a race of super-beings who had fallen from grace through evil and vice. A great flood wiped these beings off the face of the Earth. But before they could all be destroyed certain priests escaped by boat eventually finding their way to India and the high peaks of Tibet. These escaped priests believed by mystics to be the original race of Aryan god-men were said to be the ancestors of all Indian and European people. The land was called Atlantis. Nazis: The Occult Conspiracy
A Utopian paradise. A highly advanced society. A vast powerful kingdom that rules the waves. Then in the blink of an eye disaster strikes. The island of Atlantis lost for ever. Mysteryquest: The Lost City of Atlantis, Discovery 1998
Then in 1968 biologist J Manson Valentine was scuba-diving in the Bahamas when he discovered an enormous seemingly man-made structure: the Bimini Road. Many believed Atlantis had been found at last. ibid.
Santorini and Crete: the remains of a highly developed people dating back to 1,600 B.C. were found in 1931. They’re called the Minoans, and the similarities to Plato’s description of Atlantis were astonishing in many ways. ibid.
Atlantis is an allegory, a morality tale. Plato wrote it as a warning to his fellow Athenians that wealth and power can lead to destruction if they are not grounded in virtue. Atlantis: The Evidence: A Timewatch Special, BBC 2010
Crete and Thera each had their own characteristics but they shared the same dress code, language, religious rituals and technical advances. ibid.
It’s possible we may have lost from the record an entire civilisation. Graham Hancock
Did Atlantis actually exist? Well, Plato doesn’t say yes or no; he acts as if it did and gives us an incredibly detailed description of everything that is in the land of Atlantis. Professor Eric H Cline, archaeologist
Atlantis could be anywhere you want to put it. Eric H Cline
According to the mystical author Helena Blavatsky the fabled kingdom of Atlantis was destroyed by groups of magicians who summoned demonic forms eventually destroying a prehistoric civilisation which some people believe had crystal, plasma, electrical and psychic technologies that eventually were used by the Pharaohs of Egypt to build awe-inspiring buildings. Chris Everard, Spirit World II
We now know that there are ancient temples found in the ocean and all over the world. Jordan Maxwell, Forbidden Knowledge
I believe that the Antediluvian world of fallen angels, hybrids, warfare, Nephilim, astrology, advanced technology, and false spirituality is Atlantis. Age of Deceit: Fallen Angels and the New World Order
There is a theory that the origins of civilisation lie at the bottom of the ocean. That there was once a great kingdom called Atlantis. Home to an advanced and sophisticated society. The story goes that it perished in a flood around 12,000 years ago. But a few survivors escaped in ships and brought civilisation to the primitive peoples around the world. Horizon: Atlantis Uncovered, BBC 1999
It was Plato who first wrote of a super-civilisation. Atlantis lost in a flood long ago. After Plato the story was forgotten for two thousand years. But in 1882 the myth of Atlantis was resurrected by one man: Ignatius Donnelly. ibid.
Archaeologists revile Atlantis. ibid.
Erich von Daniken famously claimed that the lost civilisation came from outer space. ibid.
There is no symbol for Atlantis in any of these ancient writings. ibid.
The story goes that Atlantis was the home of an ancient civilisation of astonishing sophistication. When it was destroyed in a flood its survivors travelled the world bringing their knowledge to less developed peoples. But the idea of Atlantis as the cradle of all civilisation was scorned by historians. Horizon: Atlantis Reborn Again, 2000
Hancock could change our view of the past and that is to find the home of the lost civilisation ... Hancock has made an astonishing suggestion about where it [Atlantis] could be – Antarctica. ibid.
On one terrible night two and half thousand years ago the entire Greek city of Helike and all of its people were swept beneath the sea. The catastrophe inspired one of the greatest stories of all time - the myth of Atlantis. Horizon: Helike - The Real Atlantis, BBC 2002
Two and a half thousand years ago Helike was a thriving metropolis. Over five thousand people lived and worked within its walls. ibid.
373 B.C. the God of earthquakes and the sea turned on his own people. ibid.
Just a few short years after the disaster the Greek writer Plato created the story of Atlantis, the legendary city swept beneath the waves. ibid.
Professor Harold Edgerton ... thought he had found it – the city whose fate had inspired Atlantis ... Edgerton had spent nine years combing the ocean. Yet for all his technological might the lost city had defeated him. ibid.
Somehow the inland city had been flooded with seawater where it stood ... Liquefaction! This bizarre side-effect of earthquakes has only once been caught on camera before ... Stewart believes liquefaction on a massive scale could have occurred at Helike. ibid.
When they [Katsonopoulou team] dug down further they found a few small pieces of classical Greek pottery. They found fragments of pottery with a very distinctive black glaze. This glaze is typical of the time Helike disappeared. ibid.
They had uncovered the tops of ancient walls. And hidden amongst them they saw what looked like more classical Greek pottery ... The papers said it all. They had found Helike. ibid.