From Atlantis to the Sphinx: Recovering the Lost Wisdom of the Ancient World

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In this compelling book, Colin Wilson argues that thousands of years before ancient Egypt and Greece held sway, there was a great civilization whose ships traveled the world from China to Antarctica. Their advanced knowledge of science, mathematics, and astronomy was passed on to descendants who escaped to Egypt and South America.

From Atlantis to the Sphinx bases this assertion on a true fact: that archaeologists and geologists are at odds over the age of the Sphinx. ...

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Overview


In this compelling book, Colin Wilson argues that thousands of years before ancient Egypt and Greece held sway, there was a great civilization whose ships traveled the world from China to Antarctica. Their advanced knowledge of science, mathematics, and astronomy was passed on to descendants who escaped to Egypt and South America.

From Atlantis to the Sphinx bases this assertion on a true fact: that archaeologists and geologists are at odds over the age of the Sphinx. Archaeologists claim that the Sphinx dates to classical dynastic Egypt, around 2,400 b.c. But some geologists claim that it could have been built as early as 7,000 to 10,500 b.c. The geologists' claim is based on the curious fact that the erosion of the Sphinx is more characteristic of water erosion than that of wind and sand.

Starting from the assumption that there was an advanced civilization in existence much earlier than previously thought, Wilson goes on to claim that it could very well be Atlantis--not a literal island that sank, but more of a great civilization that either declined naturally or experienced a great catastrophe, passing on only a fraction of its knowledge to other peoples. From Atlantis to the Sphinx delves into what might have been a completely different knowledge system from that of modern man--one as alien to us as that of the Martians.

The book sets out to reconstruct that ancient knowledge in a fascinating exploration of the remote depths of history, a ground-breaking attempt to understand how these long-forgotten peoples thought, felt, and communicated with the universe.

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The author of numerous books with a New Age bent, including the best-selling The Outsider, Wilson here presents an unusual thesis: an ancient civilization, popularly called Atlantis, transmitted its advanced culture to other ancient civilizations before disappearing in a worldwide catastrophe. He examines antique maps, documents, archaeological records, and historical writings to "prove" that humankind is older than frequently supposed and that Atlanteans were the precursors of Egyptians, Aztecs, and Maya. Wilson also posits the existence of a collective human consciousness that permitted ancient peoples to work smoothly with other members of their groups. His most interesting (and believable) statement is that the Sphinx shows signs of water damage, an indication that it is much older than "experts" say. This volume, which bears comparison to John West's Serpent in the Sky (1979), presents its theories in a sober and readable manner. Suitable for public libraries.Norman Malwitz, Queens Borough P.L., Jamaica, N.Y.
Robert G. Bauval
Colin Wilson has done it again! Yet another tour de force and a wonderful study on human perception that will be much talked about for years to come.--Robert G. Bauval, author of The Orion Mystery
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578633067
  • Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser
  • Publication date: 10/28/2005
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Colin Wilson was the author of more than eighty books ranging from fiction and plays to existential psychology, criminology, and the paranormal. Wilson lived in Cornwall, England and passed away in December of 2013.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 Egyptian Mysteries 15
2 The New Race 34
3 Inside the Pyramid 57
4 The Forbidden Word 98
5 The Realm of the White Gods 121
6 The Antiquity of Man 167
7 Forbidden Archaeology 202
8 More Forbidden Archaeology 227
9 Of Stars and Gods 263
10 The Third Force 299
Notes 355
Bibliography 358
Index 361
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2006

    A good basic book

    I was really excited about gettingthis book, and would say that thefirst half held my interest. When theauthor started getting into too muchdata about early man, interest beganto wane. What I especially liked isthat he pulled together the writingsof numerous other people, summarizingthem, a handy thing to have if onedoesn't have the time to read a stackof books on the same subject.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2004

    critically analyze

    One of my favorite books ever. I hated to put it down from the time i picked it up. Every page is packed with information that'll keep the most intellectual persons burning to look deeper into our past to know and 'understand' the way of life of past civilizations. Peace and harmony, love, groups who 'shared' one mind. How different we have grown in our selfish search for life which is now more than anything just a daily process to satisfy our physical appitites. pick up a book and critically analyze life, history, and religionand look inside yourself and see the constant degeneration of the human mind. Figure out what you must do to make the world a better place!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2001

    It will open your mind with only a turn of a few pages !

    AMAZING !!!!! This book will open your eyes to a whole different world. Wilson strongly puts down his point-of-view but, at the same time shows you what others say and think. He gives you a wide range of theries and deeply explains each one of them. I could not put this book down and it is one that I will read over and over. This book will really stretch your mind. PICK ONE UP TODAY ! ! ! !

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