Atlantis

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First described by the Greek philosopher Plato in the year 360 BCE, Atlantis was a naval power located at the Pillars of Hercules (today's Strait of Gibraltar) that had successfully conquered large swaths of Western Europe. After its defeat, Atlantis sunk into the sea, never to be seen or heard from again. This tale of Atlantis was largely forgotten until the 1882 publication of Atlantis: The Antediluvian World, in which American writer Ignatius L. Donnelly claimed that all ancient civilizations were descended ...

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First described by the Greek philosopher Plato in the year 360 BCE, Atlantis was a naval power located at the Pillars of Hercules (today's Strait of Gibraltar) that had successfully conquered large swaths of Western Europe. After its defeat, Atlantis sunk into the sea, never to be seen or heard from again. This tale of Atlantis was largely forgotten until the 1882 publication of Atlantis: The Antediluvian World, in which American writer Ignatius L. Donnelly claimed that all ancient civilizations were descended from Atlantis. Since the publication of Donnelly's book, speculation has been continuous, with writers making claims for Atlantis being located everywhere from Mexico to Nigeria to Indonesia to Antarctica-even Wisconsin. Atlantis separates the myths from the facts, investigates the historical idea of Atlantis, and looks at the latest archaeological findings that seem to indicate a reality behind Plato's original story.

For years, explorers and archaeologists have gone on the hunt to look for ancient civilizations and legendary cities. Many of these lost cities have mysteriously disappeared, leaving only traces of the people that had been there before. How could an entire civilization vanish, if indeed it ever existed? In Lost Worlds and Mysterious Civilizations, students will learn about the citizens and culture of these lost worlds, what happened to them, and what impact they have had on history.

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Table of Contents

1 The Man Who Popularized Atlantis 7

2 Plato's Story of Atlantis 15

3 History Versus Pseudo History 27

4 Madame Blavatsky, Giant Lemurians, and Other Oddities 35

5 Mayans and Meteors 49

6 Where Was Atlantis Located? 60

7 Plato's Perspective 67

8 Uncovering the Past 77

Chronology and Timeline 86

Glossary 89

Bibliography 91

Further Resources 92

Picture Credits 93

Index 94

About the Author 100

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