The enigma of Atlantis: 6 most widespread theories


The first writings about Atlantis come from the famous book “Dialogues” written by the Greek philosopher Plato in the fourth century BC. According to Plato, the stories of Atlantis were passed to him by his grandfather, who had heard the story about ancient Atlantis from an Athenian statesman called Solon who learned about the existence of Atlantis from an Egyptian priest who claimed that Atlantis existed nine thousand years ago before that.

“Through violent earthquakes and floods, in a single day and night of misfortune … [the whole race] … was swallowed up by the Earth and the island of Atlantis … disappeared into the depths of the sea.” – Plato.

Since then, numerous hypotheses have circulated among scholars, researchers and explorers about the existence and mysterious disappearance of the city-continent.

Or what if... Atlantis never sank... What if the might Atlantean empire lifted off to the Stars?
Or what if… Atlantis never sank… What if the might Atlantean empire lifted off to the Stars?

Here we have six of the most relevant theories about the existence and disappearance of Atlantis.

Atlantis / Antarctica

One of my favorite theories regarding Atlantis is certainly the one where Atlantis is actually Antarctica. The theory that Atlantis was located in what is now known as Antarctica, which at the time was a much warmer territory than today, is based on the book “Earth’s Shifting Crust” published in 1958 by Charles Hapgood.

According to Hapgood, 12,000 years ago continents of the earth shifted, leaving Atlantis much further south from where it was originally. The people of this ancient civilization would have perished due to low temperatures; the city would be buried under layers of ice. Evidence of that are the alleged pyramids that have been found on Antarctica.

The Minoan civilization

One of the most recent theories maintains that the Atlantis Plato spoke of, is actually the ancient Minoan civilization that inhabited the island of Crete between 3000 and 1600 BC

It is believed that this could have been the first European civilization, with splendid palaces and even a written language. Some historians believe that the gradual decline of this culture came after a volcano exploded and numerous tsunamis left several cities submerged by the sea.

Atlantis and the Atlantic Ocean

Some theorists believe that Atlantis was a continent in the Atlantic that sank into the ocean in the distant past.

In 1883 the work of Ignatius Donnelly “Atlantis the Antediluvian World” is published. The author finds the mythical island in the Atlantic, in the same place as Plato, explaining that the might city-continent disappeared beneath the ocean.

Atlantis and the Black Sea

This theory suggests that Atlantis never existed. This theory maintains that the legend of Atlantis is based on the terrible flooding that occurred in the sixth century BC during the sharp rise of the Black Sea over the Mediterranean.

Plato’s theory could have been based on this story, chronicling the demise of different civilizations to do rising water levels which eventually led him to come up with his own story about the mythical city-continent called Atlantis.

Atlantis and the Bermuda Triangle

What if Atlantis did exist, somewhere where Plato described it? What if it’s somewhere near or ‘inside’ the Bermuda Triangle? In 1970 Charles Berlitz, author of numerous books on paranormal phenomena, published his version of the facts: according to him, in the area known as the Bermuda Triangle is an ancient underground continent, in fact, it is the sunken continent of the might Atlantean empire.

Atlantis and the Bimini Road

It is said that the Bimini road is actually a pathway that leads to Atlantis. Interestingly, in 1933 Edgar Cayce said that near what is known as Bimini, records about Atlantis would be found, there are portions of Atlantean temples to be found. The small island was not Atlantis itself according to Cayce, but an Atlantean outpost, known in the distant past as Alta and extending all the way to present day Florida. Could it be that somewhere near Bimini, the mighty kingdom of Atlantis once existed? On a large island that is now long lost to the sea?


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  1. It’s perfectly clear that from the historic report it was NOT in the Mediterranean, clearly it was just outside of the “pillars of Hercules”. There was a documentary where someone investigated a huge huge tidal marsh off of Spain which fit the bill. They are not allowed to do any digs there it’s a national reserve! But even on the surface there was some artifacts, and the man followed some clue inland, clues that suggest some survivors went inland. This one sounds the most plausible to me, of all the theories I have read so far.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/lost-city-atlantis-found-marshlands-southern-spain-researchers-claim-article-1.123889

  2. The writings of Plato make it clear that Atlantis was WESTWARD of Egypt and BEYOND the Pillars of Herakles. To continuously try to play this Mediterranean and Aegean game is an INSULT to the Egyptians. It directly implies that they are too STUPID to know east from west and that a culture that was VERY learned…advanced… in astronomy and astrology doesn’t know the difference in where the sun comes up and where it goes down. The entire proposition is ABSURD. It also becomes obvious from really STUDYING what Plato was telling that he was referring NOT to a lost “CONTINENT”, but a large, lost Atlantic ISLAND that was a “gateway” out in the “OUTER” sea (NOT the Med) to OTHER islands and to “…the whole of the opposite continent”. THAT is obviously AMERICA he is referring to….a realization totally backed up by megalithic building construction styles (including the cutting and fitting of huge stones) on both sides of the Atlantic (and very noticeable in Peru & Bolivia as compared to Egypt and the Canary Islands and Azores and elsewhere along the North African coast and off the coast of Spain. Atlantis was obviously an EMPIRE…a SEA-going empire…and when Plato likens it to being larger than Asia (minor) and north Africa he means “in toto”, with all its colonies spread about. Not the main island of “Atlas” (or “Atlantis”…named for the daughter of Atlas). This empire of Atlanteans (the “sea people”, the “atarantes”, and other names) interacted with the Phoenicians, the Minoans and, like the U.S. today, obviously spread ideas and cultural notions AROUND (as well as technologies). When it…the main island with the capital city…went down, the culture pretty much continued on elsewhere in other colonial locations. So say the Aztecs, Mixtecs, mayans, Indians, et al. The attempt to identify the Atlanteans DIRECTLY with the Minoans doesn’t “wash” for one outstanding reason; legendry is assimilative. This is true of Robin Hood, King Arthur, and most all other “mythologies”. Extraneous material is assimilated into the main myth line. You don’t find this here. KEY to the stories of the Cretans & Minoans is the tale of King Minos and his infamous Labyrinth, stocked with the monstrous Minotaur, to which many captives were sacrificed alive. The mythic hero Theseus KILLED the minotaur and ridded the people of it. IF the tales of Atlantis and those of the Minoans represented the same thing then WHY is Minos not declared an ATLANTEAN king, and WHY is the story of Theseus and the Minotaur NOT part of the legend of Lost Atlantis? Obviously, the answer is because the ancients (as opposed to the dimwit rationalizers of today) where totally cognizant of the fact that the two things were quite different.

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