By Rodney Castleden
Plato's legend of Atlantis has turn into infamous between students because the absurdest lie in literature. Atlantis Destroyed explores the chance that the account given by means of Plato is traditionally real.
Rodney Castleden first considers the positioning of Atlantis re-examining feedback recommend within the early 20th century; Minoan Crete and Minoan Thera. He outlines the most recent examine findings on Knossos and Bronze Age Thera, discussing the cloth tradition, alternate empire and agricultural process, writing and wall work, artwork, faith and society of the Minoan civilization. Castleden demonstrates the numerous parallels among Plato's narrative and the Minoan Civilization within the Aegean.
Fired through the mind's eye a brand new imaginative and prescient of Atlantis has arisen during the last 100 and fifty years as a misplaced utopia. Rodney Castleden discusses why this photograph arose and explains the way it has develop into pressured with Plato's real account.
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15 PRELUDES TO DISCOVERY Gorceix and Mamet found a second house nearby, then a third near Balos on the caldera rim. Here ash quarrying had again been checked by a layer of stone blocks, the remains of ancient dwellings, this time superior to those on Therasia. The interiors were plastered and painted yellow. The lack of windows, large earthenware jars and earth floors showed these were service or store rooms. The complete skeleton of a goat suggested that livestock had been abandoned when disaster struck.
Close by, a section of a field had suddenly subsided in a similar way, as if under the ash there were room-like cavities. Marinatos heard these stories and also remembered the Zahn excavation. Mavor and Marinatos found the cave partly filled in by slope wash and other debris. In the valley side the stratification of the pumice could be seen. Close to the cave the strata ran horizontally, but stepped down a metre on each side as if pumice drifting southwards across the landscape during the bronze age eruption had coated a raised, flat-topped block: a flat-roofed house, perhaps.
10 16 PRELUDES TO DISCOVERY Although the excavators were unaware of the significance of their finds, by 1900 the bronze age city at Akrotiri had in effect been discovered, sampled, sounded with test pits, proved to extend across a large area and shown to be bursting with a wide range of artefacts. A prosperous, civilized community of prehistoric farmers, foresters, weavers, potters and fishermen had lived in the south-west corner of Thera and it had been obliterated under a deep fall of pumice and ash.
Atlantis Destroyed by Rodney Castleden