Plato Prehistorianby Mary Settagast, Ann Hatfield (Illustrator), Eliza McFadden (Illustrator), Elizabeth Wahle (Illustrator)
In this astonishing synthesis of classical and archaeological scholarship, Settegast takes us from the cave paintings of Lascaux to the shrines of Catal Huyuk, demonstrating correspondences both to Plato's tale and to the mystery religions of antiquity.
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I'm currently reading the original (1986/87) edition of this book. First saw it cited in Robert Schoch's 'Voices of the Rocks' which I also highly recommend. Mary Settegast has produced a well written, well reasoned, and well documented survey work. She builds a case for the identification of the Magdalenian culture as the historical basis for Plato's Atlantis legend. This is analogous to Schliemann's use of Homer's Trojan war accounts to locate the historical Troy. While not necessarily accurate in certain particulars (conversations between characters etc), each tale is a retelling and preservation of an historical event with many verifiable facts.