Truth Behind the Legend: Atlantis

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Calvin O. Anderson
5/3/2010

Truth Behind The Myth: The Legend of Atlantis According to Harris Platzner in Classical Mythology, one of the definitions of the term “Legend” is that it is used “to denote traditional tales that have some factual basis, however tenuous, in historical events.” There are thousands of known myths and stories and thousands of legends but only some have been proven to have some truth behind the myth. Legends can date back thousands of years and in lots of cultures are passed down through generations orally. Sum legends are so popular that they are known all over the world and a person could give sum information on the legend just from hearing about it. An example of this would be the Legend of Atlantis! Known all over the world Atlantis is one of the most popular legends of all time. Its story dates back to around 420 BC maybe even before then. It was first told about by a philosopher by the name of Plato in his Critias and Timaeus dialogues, the first recorded references to Atlantis. (Atlantis – Lost Civilization) Plato claimed that Atlantis was a huge island in the Atlantic Ocean the size of North Africa. (Atlantis, the Antediluvian World, by Ignatius Donnelly, [1882]) He told of the people and that they were unusually educated and technologically advanced far greater than other cultures at the time. (Summary of the legend) According to Plato the result of a massive flood possibly bought on by a Earthquake or submarine volcanic explosion caused the great city to sink below the sea.(Summary of the legend) Now for thousands of years people have been debating whether Plato’s “lost city” was fact or fiction. Many Scientist such as Professor Charles H. Hapgood, of Keene State College at the University of New Hampshire believe that there could have been a lost city like the one Plato states even if they don’t believe in certain parts of…...

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