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Lost Greek city may have inspired Atlantis

By T.K. Randall
October 20, 2009 · Comment icon 7 comments

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The remains of an ancient Greek city submerged beneath the waves and dating back over 5000 years may have been the basis for Atlantis and is proving to be one of the most important finds of its kind anywhere in the world.
The secrets of a lost city that may have inspired one of the world's most enduring myths – the fable of Atlantis – have been brought to light from beneath the waters off southern Greece.


Source: Guardian Unlimited | Comments (7)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by Harte 15 years ago
Given that there is no Greek "Atlantis myth," I believe that it is highly unlikely that the inundation of this town inspired it. Harte
Comment icon #2 Posted by maximaldecimal 15 years ago
If there was such a place that could be it but at the same time there are many potential "sunken cities" out there. For the moment I think this one would have my money since it is actually in the mediterainian. It would be nice if evidence didn't wear away so easily underwater. The only way we could ever have difinitive proof of Atlantis would be to find something that literally states this is Atlantis in some sort of verifiable form. Without this it could be any ancient city/town taken by the sea.
Comment icon #3 Posted by ROGER 15 years ago
I didn't quit follow this? " Pavlopetri, the sunken settlement dates back some 5,000 years to the time of Homer's heroes." Said Dr Jon Henderson," It has remains dating from 2800 to 1200 BC, long before the glory days of classical Greece." So which is it?
Comment icon #4 Posted by ROGER 15 years ago
Given that there is no Greek "Atlantis myth," I believe that it is highly unlikely that the inundation of this town inspired it. Harte First mentioned in Plato's dialogues Timaeus and Critias? He was greek!
Comment icon #5 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: 15 years ago
I didn't quit follow this? " Pavlopetri, the sunken settlement dates back some 5,000 years to the time of Homer's heroes." Said Dr Jon Henderson," It has remains dating from 2800 to 1200 BC, long before the glory days of classical Greece." So which is it? Maybe some 5000 years ago = 2009 AD + 2800 BC = 4809 years, then round it off to the next thousand and voilà! The estimated some 5000 years ago?
Comment icon #6 Posted by questionmark 15 years ago
First mentioned in Plato's dialogues Timaeus and Critias? He was greek! myth is not a story: myth –noun 1. a traditional or legendary story, usually concerning some being or hero or event, with or without a determinable basis of fact or a natural explanation, esp. one that is concerned with deities or demigods and explains some practice, rite, or phenomenon of nature. Source Naturally we call all kinds of thing a "myth" nowadays... but the root is still from Μύθος, which means fable in Greek.
Comment icon #7 Posted by brlesq1 15 years ago
Atlantis? No. Seriously cool discovery? Yes.


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