Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Mysteries of the world: Atlantis (Atlántida)

SOURCE: Image found in http://www.unmuseum.org/atlantis.htm

"In Plato's book, Timaeus, a character named Kritias tells an account of Atlantis that has been in his family for generations:
There had been a powerful empire located to the west of the "Pillars of Hercules" (what we now call the Straight of Gibraltar) on an island in the Atlantic Ocean.The nation there had been established by Poseidon, the God of the Sea. Poseidon fathered five sets of twins on the island. The firstborn, Atlas, had the continent and the surrounding ocean named for him. Poseidon divided the land into ten sections, each to be ruled by a son, or his heirs.
The capital city of Atlantis was a marvel of architecture and engineering. The city was composed of a series of concentric walls and canals. At the very center was a hill, and on top of the hill a temple to Poseidon. Inside was a gold statue of the God of the Sea showing him driving six winged horses.
About 9000 years before the time of Plato, after the people of Atlantis became corrupt and greedy, the gods decided to destroy them. A violent earthquake shook the land, giant waves rolled over the shores, and the island sank into the sea, never to be seen again.
So, is the story of Atlantis just a fable used by Plato to make a point? Or is there some reason to think he was referring to a real place?"
(If you want to read this article, go to the source: http://www.unmuseum.org/atlantis.htm)

***** Glossary:
- Character (noun): personaje
- Straight (noun): Estrecho
- Heir (noun): Heredero
- Greedy (adjective): Avaricioso
- Earthquake(noun): Terremoto
- Shore (noun): Orilla

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***** Watch two videos about it in discovery channel:

VIDEO ONE : Solving History with Olly Steeds: The Atlantis Mystery - (01:17)
Plato wrote the first account of this mighty (poderosa)city brought down by nature's fury and Olly is determined (decidido)to test the truth behind the tale.

Added: 12-May-2010

VIDEO TWO : Solving History with Olly Steeds: The Ruins of Atlantis - (02:22)
Standing atop the island of Santorini, Olly makes a strong case that this site matches Plato's description of where a great city was swallowed (engullida, tragada) by the sea.

Added: 12-May-2010

***** Further reading about the topic:

***** Books on Atlantis in Amazon (in English):http://www.amazon.com/The-Best-Books-on-Atlantis/lm/LCUY1RVHQ1ZF

*** Have you read "Atlántida", by Javier Negrete? I have enjoyed this book very much myself! It is great! I strongly recommend it to you.

***** You may fancy watching the trailer of the novel(in Spanish): (I would love to see the film!)

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