The Destruction of Atlantis: Ragnarok, or the Age of Fire and Gravel

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This book had a tremendous impact on readers in the late 1800s. Written by Ignatius Donnelly, a farmer-politician with no scientific training, it developed a strikingly original theme—that a comet passed close to or struck Earth in ancient times, causing catastrophic changes that later were vaguely recalled in mythologies and biblical tales. Throughout most of the book, Donnelly supports his ideas with convincing geological, archeological, and astronomical arguments. This reprint presents Donnelly's theory of ...
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Overview


This book had a tremendous impact on readers in the late 1800s. Written by Ignatius Donnelly, a farmer-politician with no scientific training, it developed a strikingly original theme—that a comet passed close to or struck Earth in ancient times, causing catastrophic changes that later were vaguely recalled in mythologies and biblical tales. Throughout most of the book, Donnelly supports his ideas with convincing geological, archeological, and astronomical arguments. This reprint presents Donnelly's theory of the comet that impacted Earth tens of thousands of years ago, producing layers of gravel (which contemporary scientists attributed to glaciation) and the destruction of an advanced civilization (Atlantis), followed by a years-long cloud cover and extreme cold. A remarkable concept that has also been mentioned in ancient Arabic writings, this theory—and the book in which it is presented—will appeal to readers in many areas of interest: occult enthusiasts, fantasy buffs, and perhaps even some members of the scientific community.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486431444
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 1/15/2004
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 5.66 (w) x 8.62 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I. The Drift
Chapter I. The Characteristics of the Drift 1
Chapter II. The Origin of the Drift not known 8
Chapter III. The Action of Waves 10
Chapter IV. Was it caused by Icebergs? 13
Chapter V. Was it caused by Glaciers? 17
Chapter VI. Was it caused by a Continental Ice-Sheet? 23
Chapter VII. The Drift a Gigantic Catastrophe 43
Chapter VIII. Great Heat a Prerequisite 58
Part II. The Comet
Chapter I. A Comet caused the Drift 63
Chapter II. What is a Comet? 65
Chapter III. Could a Comet strike the Earth? 82
Chapter IV. The Consequences to the Earth 91
Part III. The Legends
Chapter I. The Nature of Myths 113
Chapter II. Did Man exist before the Drift? 121
Chapter III. Legends of the Coming of the Comet 132
Chapter IV. Ragnarok 141
Chapter V. The Conflagration of Phaeton 154
Chapter VI. Other Legends of the Conflagration 166
Chapter VII. Legends of the Cave-Life 195
Chapter VIII. Legends of the Age of Darkness 208
Chapter IX. The Triumph of the Sun 233
Chapter X. The Fall of the Clay and Gravel 251
Chapter XI. The Arabian Myths 268
Chapter XII. The Book of Job 276
Chapter XIII. Genesis read by the Light of the Comet 316
Part IV. Conclusions
Chapter I. Was Pre-glacial Man civilized? 341
Chapter II. The Scene of Man's Survival 366
Chapter III. The Bridge 376
Chapter IV. Objections considered 389
Chapter V. Biela's Comet 408
Chapter VI. The Universal Belief of Mankind 424
Chapter VII. The Earth struck by Comets many Times 431
Chapter VIII. The After-Word 437
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