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There are many people who claim that Atlantis was super advanced civilization which possessed super powerful and advanced technologies (like flying sources, etc).
It is very easy to disprove these claims.
First of all, let’s raise a simple question: how do we know that Atlantis existed, what is the source of such information?
The only original source of information about the existence of Atlantis is the writings of Plato and that’s it – there are no more original sources about Atlantis whatsoever. Today there are myriads of books written about Atlantis, however if you will carefully trace back one author citing another author then you will end up with Plato. Thousands of authors are citing each other making false impression that there are thousands of sources about the existence of Atlantis, however in reality the only original source of information about the existence of Atlantis is the writings of Plato and that’s it.
Atlantis theme is a very good classical example to what colossal scale can reach the game “broken telephone” – Plato wrote several lines about Atlantis, then somebody took the story of Plato and exaggerated and distorted it, then some another man exaggerated and distorted it even more, then some third man exaggerated and distorted it even more, and so on, and in the end you get the chain of thousands of authors who are citing each other making false impression that there are thousands of sources about the existence of Atlantis.
|Chinese whispers (or telephone
in the United States) is a game played around the world, in which one
person whispers a message to another, which is passed through a line of
people until the last player announces the message to the entire group.
Errors typically accumulate in the retellings, so the statement
announced by the last player differs significantly, and often
amusingly, from the one uttered by the first. Reasons for changes
include anxiousness or impatience, erroneous corrections, and that some
players may deliberately alter what is being said to guarantee a
changed message by the end of the line.
The game is often played by children as a party game or in the playground. It is often invoked as a metaphor for cumulative error, especially the inaccuracies as rumours or gossip spread, or, more generally, for the unreliability of human recollection or even oral traditions.
The game is also known as whisper down the lane, broken telephone, operator, grapevine, gossip, don't drink the milk, secret message, telephone, the messenger game and pass the message.
Let’s analyze the claims that Atlantis was super advanced
which possessed super powerful and advanced technologies (like flying
Let’s read the original source about Atlantis, let’s read the writings of Plato. Plato writings tell us that Atlanteans had conquered and occupied a lot of territories, and Atlanteans tried to conquer Athens, however Athenians were able to repel the Atlantean attack, defeated Atlanteans and freed other nations from Atlantean occupation. It is important to note that at these ancient times Athenians possessed very primitive technologies, which raises a simple question: if Atlanteans were unable to defeat and conquer primitive Athenians then what was the development level of Atlanteans? It is quite obvious that all claims about Atlanteans possessing super advanced technologies (like flying sources, etc) are false, because primitive Athenians were able to beat Atlanteans.
There are a lot of discussions regarding where Atlantis was located. Researchers are searching for the remnants of Atlantis in various parts of the globe – near Antarctic, near Japan, near Bermuda, etc. However let’s look more closely what Plato wrote about Atlanteans. Plato wrote that “Atlanteans had conquered the parts of Libya within the Pillars of Hercules as far as Egypt and the European continent as far as Tyrrhenia, and subjected its people to slavery”.
Which leads to a simple conclusion – if Atlanteans did really exist then the traces of Atlanteans must be present in Libya and in European continent, because Atlanteans were present in these territories according to Plato writings. However so far nobody has ever found any trace of Atlanteans neither in Libya nor in Europe.
Which leads to a simple conclusion – if Atlanteans did really exist then these Atlanteans were some sort of primitive stone-age tribe which left no traces of any technological achievement.
(Ancient Greek: Ἀτλαντὶς νῆσος, "island of Atlas") is a fictional
island mentioned within an allegory on the hubris of nations in Plato's
works Timaeus and Critias, where it represents the antagonist naval
power that besieges "Ancient Athens", the pseudo-historic embodiment of
Plato's ideal state (see The Republic). In the story, Athens was able
to repel the Atlantean attack, unlike any other nation of the (western)
known world, supposedly giving testament to the superiority of Plato's
concept of a state. At the end of the story, Atlantis eventually falls
out of favor with the gods and famously submerges into the Atlantic
Despite its minor importance in Plato's work, the Atlantis story has had a considerable impact on literature. The allegorical aspect of Atlantis was taken up in utopian works of several Renaissance writers, such as Bacon's New Atlantis and More's Utopia. On the other hand, 19th-century amateur scholars misinterpreted Plato's account as historical tradition, most notably in Donnelly's Atlantis: The Antediluvian World. Plato's vague indications of the time of the events — more than 9,000 years before his day — and the alleged location of Atlantis — "beyond the Pillars of Hercules" — has led to much pseudoscientific speculation. As a consequence, Atlantis has become a byword for any and all supposed advanced prehistoric lost civilizations and continues to inspire contemporary fiction, from comic books to films.
While present-day philologists and historians unanimously accept the story's fictional character, there is still debate on what served as its inspiration. The fact that Plato borrowed some of his allegories and metaphors — most notably the story of Gyges — from older traditions has caused a number of scholars to investigate possible inspiration of Atlantis from Egyptian records of the Thera eruption, the Sea Peoples invasion, or the Trojan War. Others have rejected this chain of tradition as implausible and insist that Plato designed the story from scratch, drawing loose inspiration from contemporary events like the failed Athenian invasion of Sicily in 415–413 BC or the destruction of Helike in 373 BC.
According to Critias, 9,000 years before his lifetime a war took place between those outside the Pillars of Hercules at the Strait of Gibraltar and those who dwelt within them. The Atlanteans had conquered the parts of Libya within the Pillars of Hercules as far as Egypt and the European continent as far as Tyrrhenia, and subjected its people to slavery. The Athenians led an alliance of resistors against the Atlantean empire, and as the alliance disintegrated, prevailed alone against the empire, liberating the occupied lands.
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