Well -rather an artifact – to be factual.
presenting the third piece
In our series ‘Primythical‘- Atlantis’. If you would like to read more about how this piece was made,you can click here. You can also view our first two pieces in the series here, in case you missed them.
Today our work tells the tale of Atlantis.
For some it is a mythical place, and for others a historical place lost in the veils of antiquity. It has inspired art, literature, television, cartoons, and movies. Even Atlantis is not safe from a Disney makeover.
If you have ever heard of Atlantis, you have one man to thank for it – Plato. All of our other accounts of Atlantis in existence stem from his writing. But where did Plato hear of Atlantis? Some say from Egyptian records, others say it was a fictional place used as a mythical metaphor invented by Plato himself.
If Plato’s telling was a matter of history, Atlantis was already over 9,000 years old when he told his story. He had claimed Atlantis fell out of favour with the gods and was swallowed by the ocean for making war against those on the other side of the pillars of Hercules – including Athens.
Many disbelieve the Atlantis story because it would place organized civilizations much earlier than previously thought. But recently tools were discovered on Crete that are 130,000 years old, so who can say what is untrue? Maybe one day we will find Atlantis or some other underwater city and we’ll be trying to read hydroglyphs!
For now, and maybe forever, the truth of Atlantis will remain a mystery.
I wonder if Plato knew his brief writing of ‘Atlantis’ in his dialogues would outlive him to this day? For there are not many today who have not heard of Atlantis.
What do you think?
Is it possible Atlantis was a real place?
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