10 Mind-boggling Things You Probably Didnt Know About Atlantis


An interpretation of Atlantis according to Greek philosopher Plato
An interpretation of Atlantis according to Greek philosopher Plato

Throughout the centuries, interest in Atlantis has been very high, and locations worldwide have been proposed as the exact place where this kingdom sank. Some scholars suggest that Atlantis was located at the Greek island of Santorini; destroyed by a volcanic eruption around 1,600 B.C. But Greek philosopher Plato described Atlantis in size, as Libya and Asia Minor put together, suggesting it was located somewhere in the Atlantic, beyond the Pillars of Hercules.

Atlantis has been the topic of debate for over 2,500 years among philosophers, historians, and archeologists; It was described as a powerful and highly advanced kingdom that sank in one day and one night, never to be seen or heard from again, somewhere around 9600 B.C. according to Plato.

A map showing the supposed extent of the Atlantean Empire. From Ignatius L. Donnelly's Atlantis: the Antediluvian World, 1882.
A map showing the supposed extent of the Atlantean Empire. From Ignatius L. Donnelly’s Atlantis: the Antediluvian World, 1882.

Here we have a couple of things that you might have not known about this mythological ancient civilization.

  1. Atlanteans are actually displayed in many occasions as a bloodthirsty civilization. Their goal, according to some scholars was global domination. Thanks to their advanced technology in weaponry, sailing, and warfare, they were capable of winning great battles with ease. They subjected the people of the conquered lands to slavery.
  2. Atlantis was protected by Poseidon, brother of Zeus. Poseidon had five male children and he named his eldest son Atlas, the king of this great civilization and the oceans. The Atlantic Ocean is named in his honor.
  3. Several ancient philosophers and historians believed Atlantis to have been a real kingdom that existed thousands of years ago; Strabo, Posidonius, Xenocrates thought Atlantis to be a historical fact. But it wasn’t just the Greek who wrote about the mythical land of Atlantis, Jewish philosopher Philo in the early 1st century AD wrote about the destruction of Atlantis.
  4. Cosmas Indicopleustes in the 6th century wrote about Atlantis in a text called Christian Topography which was actually an attempt to demonstrate his theory that the world was flat and that it was surrounded by water.
  5. Professor A. G. Galanopoulos stated that Plato’s dating of 9,000 years before Solon’s time was actually a mistranslation from Egyptian into Greek resulting  in the text being translated as 9,000 instead of 900. This would place the accounts of Atlantis to the 15th century. According to Professor Galanopoulos, this would drastically rescale the size of Atlantis to about the size of Crete and the city itself the size of the crater on Thera.

  6. Misinterpretation of the translation of ancient texts could have caused major confusion about Atlantis. The ancient Greek for “between” and “larger” so Plato’s description could have easily been confused from “larger than Asia and Libya”, and might have originally read “between Asia and Libya”, the location of Thera.
  7. The increased understanding into plate tectonics has discredited the tales of Atlantis, its existence, and disappearance. Scholars suggest that it would have been impossible for a continent-sized landmass to disappear in the geologically recent past.
  8. In the texts about Atlantis, Plato described quarries on the mythical land where “one kind of stone was white, another black, and a third red”. Stones of these characteristics have been found on Santorini (Thera).
  9. The classical description of the center of Atlantis was laid out in a circular manner. Scholars reconstructing the past of the Island concluded that prior to the eruption, there was a ring configuration just like Plato described in his texts about the mythical land, with only one narrow entrance to a larger lagoon with islands inside.
  10. There are several places proposed throughout the years as the original Atlantis; Azores, Sahara, Malta, Bolivia, Perú, Antarctica, There, Crete, the Middle East. These are just some of the locations that have been proposed by researchers, and are according to them, somehow connected with Atlantis.

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Ivan

Ivan is editor-in-chief at ancient-code.com, he also writes for Universe Explorers. You may have seen him appear on the Discovery and History Channel.

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