What does Atlantis

Atlantis

Plato described it this way: The center of the city of Atlantis consisted of several rings of walls and canals. In the middle was the castle hill, the acropolis, with temple and palace. Then followed a ring of land on which the king's soldiers lived. A ring of water followed. On the Landring, which is number 4 here, there were other apartments and buildings for soldiers. Then came another ring of water with the main port and then a ring of land with the city proper, surrounded by a wall. With a canal, which has the number 8 here, you came to the sea.

Atlantis is said to have been a magnificent city or island. It appears in Plato's books. This was a Greek philosopher who lived 2500 years ago.

At Plato, Atlantis is an island with a rich city on it. It was to the west outside the Mediterranean. It is also described in detail: it had walls and canals. In the center of the city there is said to have been a temple for Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea.

The people of Atlantis were said to be haughty. The gods got angry and made sure that the island was flooded by the sea. It is said to have sunk in a single night, with all residents drowned. According to Plato, that happened about 10,000 years ago.

Did Atlantis really exist?

The island of Santorini in Greece, photographed by a satellite. It was destroyed by a volcano a long time ago and has looked like it ever since. Some people believe that Plato knew about the fate of the island of Santorini. However, the volcanic eruption took place around 1000 years earlier.

Even in ancient times people wondered whether Atlantis really existed. Most of the time, however, the story of Plato was only taken for a narrative. Plato apparently wanted to say that one should not be haughty even when one is doing well.

In modern times, however, more and more people began to believe in Atlantis. At that time, people from Europe discovered many new countries in Africa and America. So it was easy to imagine that Atlantis was simply an island in the Atlantic Ocean. The Azores are an example of such islands. In addition, many scientists had learned Greek. So they could read Plato.

Atlantis was also so interesting because you could think of what a perfect city would look like, a utopia. For example, the Englishman Francis Bacon wrote a book called "Nova Atlantis", the new Atlantis. At Bacon, some of the inhabitants of Atlantis were able to save themselves to another island.

Since then, scholars and writers have thought about Atlantis time and again. If they found out about a sunken island, it was said to have been Atlantis. But today's scientists do not believe in Atlantis. You would see it on the ocean floor if there had been such an island in the Atlantic.

  • From an atlas by Athanasius Kircher, around 1669. North is below.

  • This is how someone imagined Atlantis in the Atlantic in 1882.

  • A drawing of what the city might have looked like

  • A postage stamp from the Faroe Islands about Atlantis


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