By Rodney Castleden
Plato's legend of Atlantis has develop into infamous between students because the absurdest lie in literature. Atlantis Destroyed explores the prospect that the account given through Plato is traditionally actual.
Rodney Castleden first considers the positioning of Atlantis re-examining feedback recommend within the early 20th century; Minoan Crete and Minoan Thera. He outlines the most recent study findings on Knossos and Bronze Age Thera, discussing the fabric tradition, exchange empire and agricultural approach, writing and wall work, artwork, faith and society of the Minoan civilization. Castleden demonstrates the various parallels among Plato's narrative and the Minoan Civilization within the Aegean.
Fired via the mind's eye a brand new imaginative and prescient of Atlantis has arisen during the last 100 and fifty years as a misplaced utopia. Rodney Castleden discusses why this photo arose and explains the way it has develop into harassed with Plato's real account.
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3 The Parian Marble dates the voyage of the hero Danaus and his daughters from Egypt to Greece via Rhodes and Crete to 1511 BC, and Kadmos’ arrival in Greece from Thera shortly before, in 1519 BC. 4 14 PRELUDES TO DISCOVERY NINETEENTH-CENTURY GLIMPSES OF A MINOAN PAST Towards the end of the nineteenth century, the realization gradually dawned that a bronze age civilization had flourished in the Aegean before Mycenae. It was the building of the Suez Canal beginning in 1859 that drew attention to Santorini.
The wall-paintings were beautiful and still intact on the walls. Nothing like these paintings at Akrotiri would ever be found at the Minoan sites waiting to be discovered on Crete: even the Great Temple at Knossos would not yield anything as complete or as well preserved. They proved beyond doubt that the French archaeologists had discovered the homes of wealthy, civilized people. 15 PRELUDES TO DISCOVERY Gorceix and Mamet found a second house nearby, then a third near Balos on the caldera rim.
It seems extraordinary that the site should then have been virtually forgotten, but it was, just as the Greeks forgot the destruction of Atlantis until Egyptian priests reminded them 900 years later. Melos is the south-westernmost of the Cyclades, a stark volcanic island with a fine central harbour that is a volcanic crater of the same type as Thera’s. A team of British archaeologists arrived on Melos in the 1890s, intending to excavate the island’s classical city. The classical site proved disappointing, so the excavators turned in 1896 to the bronze age site of Phylakopi, which was already known from surface finds.