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Best 6 Theories Concerning the Lost City of Atlantis


29 May 2024 22:15 WIB

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Atlantis is known as a mysterious lost city. Atlantis was first mentioned by the ancient Greek philosopher Plato more than 2,300 years ago as one of the oldest and greatest mysteries in the world.

According to Plato's story, Atlantis was a large island in the Atlantic which was the center of wealth, wisdom and high technology.

However, Atlantis is said to have disappeared mysteriously and its traces are still unknown. Even though there is no concrete evidence of its existence, stories about Atlantis are often discussed.

The following are some interesting theories about Atlantis that are interesting to know:

Atlantis Theories

1. Location of Atlantis

The legend of Atlantis first appeared in two works of Plato, namely "Timaeus" and "Critias," written around 360 BC. One of the biggest mysteries surrounding Atlantis is its location.

Plato stated that Atlantis was located "beyond the Pillars of Hercules" which is thought to be the Strait of Gibraltar. However, there are many theories and speculation regarding the location of Atlantis, including the Mediterranean Sea, the Caribbean, Antarctica, and Indonesia.

Plato added that the underwater city should be somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean. But no technology can uncover the existence of a comparable metropolis beneath the water.

In fact, for a long time, the Azores, a region in Portugal, was believed to be the site of the city of Atlantis. However, recent research has revealed that Atlantis can be found in Cadiz, somewhere between the waters of Spain and Morocco.

2. A Giant City of Unknown Size

Plato wrote that Atlantis was a giant city of unknown size. He wrote of Atlantis as “an island larger than Libya and Asia combined; and travelers in those days could have crossed from that island to other islands, and from those islands to the whole continent across the islands that covered the actual sea.”

In many stories after Plato's era, Atlantis is also described as a giant city. However, there is no specific information about the size of the city.

Edgar Cayce, an American Christian mystic, stated that Atlantis and Eurasia were the same size.

3. Origins of Atlantis

Legend has it that the city of Atlantis was built by Poseidon, a God of the Sea, storms and earthquakes, when he fell in love with the mortal woman Cleito.

He made this city on a hill, on a remote island in the sea, to protect it and named it Atlantis.

According to the story, Poseidon traveled around the world to find the largest island. Until finally he reached the largest island, Atlantis, and found it inhabited by people who were more beautiful and intelligent than the rest of the world. There he met and fell in love with a woman named Cleito.

4. Independent and Prosperous City

According to Plato, Atlantis was an extraordinarily powerful and rich empire. This city has magnificent building structures, canals connecting the sea and land, and a sophisticated irrigation system. Its inhabitants are believed to be highly knowledgeable in science, art, and philosophy.

The city of Atlantis is also called fertile and beautiful. This city is home to half gods and half humans. Farmers in the city used to cultivate crops on the fertile plains on the outskirts of the city with the help of well-maintained irrigation systems. They also built beautiful buildings and other architecture from black and red stone materials.

5. The People had Extraordinary Powers

The inhabitants of the city of Atlantis were believed to have extraordinary powers such as the ability to control the weather and modify volcanic eruptions.

Some opinions also say they have devices that allow them to channel energy from space and time. Although the myth says that the inhabitants of the City of Atlantis were superior beings, there are some opinions that say that this is just fiction.

6. Destruction of Atlantis

In Plato's story, Atlantis faced a dramatic destruction in the end. Some theories suggested that the destruction was caused by an earthquake, volcanic eruption, or even an attack from an outside force. The city of Atlantis was also believed to have sunk into the sea after an earthquake or a tsunami.


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