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Atlantis



A legendary island sometimes referred to as the 'lost city of Atlantis' that was said to exist some 11,000 years ago. The Greek philosopher Plato mentiond Atlantis in some of his works and today it remains one of the most sought after 'lost cities' in history.

Location


The exact location of Atlantis is a topic of considerable debate. Plato described it as being 'in front of the Pillars of Hercules' in reference to the rock of Gibralter and North Africa. Expeditions and research intended to uncover the true location have taken academics and scholars all over the world from Greece to the United States and to even more unlikely locations such as Antarctica. While several claims of its discovery have been put forward none of them have been satisfactorily confirmed, at this time the site of Atlantis remains undiscovered.

Legend


The original story of Atlantis is long and diverse but it is said that Poseidon, God of the Sea, created the island for his love, a mortal woman named Cleito. On the top of the hill in the center of the island a great temple was constructed to honor Poseidon as well as a large golden statue of him riding a Chariot pulled by winged horses. The combined size of the Continent on which Atlantis became situated was particularly vast and a great number of people came to live and work there. For many centuries the Atlanteans lived out there lives with peace and dignity, fulfilling their daily chores with contentment and determination. However, before too long greed and power began to overwhelm many of them and Zeus decided to punish Atlantis. Soon afterwards the entire Continent was lost under the ocean.

An advanced culture


Some stories and theories suggest that Atlantis was a highly advanced civilization that in some accounts was said to possess spacefaring technologies in advance to those of the modern day. Some believe the Atlanteans did not perish beneath the sea but instead blasted off in to space while some believe they could have originally reached Earth from another planet.

Related entries: Ark of the Covenant, Atlantis, Easter Island, Nazca Lines, Plain of Jars

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