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The historical-critical approach to Plato's Atlantis
The historical-critical approach to Plato's Atlantis


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Gigantic Web site on Atlantis online again!
The encyclopaedic Web site "" is back again after a downtime of several weeks, and it grows and grows, and grows .... you will find there an amazing amount of information about Plato's Atlantis, Atlantis searchers and skeptics, theories and opinions, and many more or less related topics (well, this depends on your definitions). All in German! cooperates with the
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New book: Atlantis encyclopedist Tony O'Connell finally reveals his opinion on Atlantis!

Only few work long and hard on the topic of Plato's Atlantis, reading not only a handful of books, but gathering information in a continuous flow over many years from hundreds and thousands of various sources. One of these few is Tony O'Connell, author of the well-known Web site Atlantipedia. There, he compiled a vast amount of knowledge about Atlantis hypotheses and their authors, about many details of the question, and about historical background information.

New York Times bestselling author Mark Adams wrote in his book "Meet me in Atlantis" about Atlantipedia: "It was comprehensive, with hundreds of entries, all of which were written in an evenhanded style, offering dry commentary where appropriate. ... The tone was skeptical but not dismissive. The range of subjects was exhaustive." Therefore, Mark Adams chose Tony O'Connell as his entry point into the colourful world of Atlantis research.

Now, after years of gathering and sorting, of thinking and writing, Tony O'Connell finally reveals his own consolidated opinion on the topic. Tony O'Connell is joining the dots and presents for the first time, what emerged from all his gathering and sorting and thinking. No wonder, Tony O'Connell does not repeat the chatter and nonsense often heard about Plato's Atlantis, but adopts a rarely voiced position based on a deeper understanding and on stronger arguments than presented in the "usual" books about Atlantis.

For a long time, academic scholars who are open for the idea of Atlantis as a real place, have pointed to possible locations in or near the Mediterranean sea. They have done this on the basis of historical-critical considerations, reconstructing possible distortions of the original Atlantis story by applying context knowledge about the ancient times and about typical mistakes in ancient texts. The best known example is the Minoan civilization on the island of Crete and the Volcano island of Santorini. Also well-known are attempts to find Atlantis near the Straits of Gibraltar, at the Atlantic coasts of Spain or Morocco. In recent years, the area of the Black Sea became a popular location, as well as northwestern Africa (e.g. the Richat structure).

But Tony O'Connell points to the Central Mediterranean region, with its large and small islands, such as Sicily or Malta, as well as the Mediterranean coastal areas of Italy and Africa. This is a region that has often been overlooked by Atlantis searchers. But not any more.

Let yourself be surprised about Tony O'Connell's considerations which will give you new perspectives and insights, helping you a great deal to make up your own opinion on Plato's Atlantis and its location.
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A new book about the ancient Greek language has an unexpected success: It is translated to more and more languages, and allegedly more than 500.000 copies were sold world-wide until now.
It is about the book "La lingua geniale" by Andrea Marcolongo. Unfortunately, no English translation is available, yet.
The picture was taken at Frankfurter Buchmesse on 13 October 2018. Find here my German review:
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Plato's Atlantis in Medieval Times:
Academic publications on Plato's Atlantis still make a major mistake: Allegedly, nobody cared about Atlantis in the Middle Ages. But this is plainly wrong. To the contrary: Since the Timaeus (with the Atlantis story at its beginning) was almost the only work of Plato known in Medieval times, it is rather the opposite: No Medieval thinker could avoid the topic.
E.g. the philosophers of the School of Chartres wrote about it. Bernard of Chartres saw the Christian paradise in the story, whereas William of Conches rejected the existence of Atlantis (while accepting at the same time the existence of primeval Athens from the same story, and speculating about an age of the world of 15,000 years which was much more than the "allowed" Biblical age of ca. 6000 years).
A whole series of important authors and thinkers of Medieval times could be identified who wrote about Plato's Atlantis. Find them in the following book by Thorwald C. Franke: Kritische Geschichte der Meinungen und Hypothesen zu Platons Atlantis, 2016. No English translation availabe at the moment, but see the English summary and video (scroll down!):
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Update of Web link collection on Atlantis

I recently updated my collection of Web links on Plato's Atlantis.

Here is the statistics:
- Now, there are 205 Web links.
- 72 links were found dead.
- 56 links were added.

It seems that in the times of facebook, more and more people interested in Plato's Atlantis avoid to establish their own page or blog on the topic, but just open a facebook page.

Also some interesting and / or informative pages are lost:
- Doug Weller, a skeptic who was active on Wikipedia, too.
- Rand & Rose Flem-Ath: Atlantis = Antarctica.
- Several other pages following the Flem-Aths.
- Jaime Manuschevich: Atlantis = Israel.
- French Association Atlantis, founded in 1926.
- Mythenwiki.
- Joachim Rittstieg: Atlantis in Guatemala.
- Thérèse Ghembaza: Atlantis = Meroe in Sudan.
- Albert S. Nikas: Atlantis= Malta.
- Werner E. Friedrich: Atlantis = Black Sea.

Find the collection of dead links at the bottom of the page (green headline).
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Assassin's Creed and Atlantis:
Amazingly realistic videos from ancient Greece can be seen in our days all over the Internet, coming from the computer game "Assassin's Creed": In October 2018, the "Odyssey" will be the title of the 11th part of the series (though strangely the storyline follows more the Peloponnesian War than the Odyssey).

And in spring 2019, Ubisoft announced to publish an "Atlantis" sequel. It seems, that the "look and feel" of this phantasy Atlantis is designed after the Atlantis in the new movie "Aquaman".

Even if you dislike computer games: You really should enjoy the videos!

Text of the official announcement of "Atlantis" sequel:

Video with the official announcement of the "Atlantis" sequel:

Video: Walking throught the streets of ancient Athens

Video: How Ubisoft recreated Athens

Video: Amazing naval combat

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"Aquaman" movie and Atlantis:
The official trailer for "Aquaman", coming December 21, 2018, is published. And there are amazing phantasy pictures of Atlantis:

Official trailer (English):

Offizieller Trailer (Deutsch):

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And the next Atlantis hysteria:
Currently, the idea of the African Richat structure being Plato's Atlantis is circulating through the media. Major media mostly reject the story and stay silent, as it seems. Maybe, because it is (a) not new and (b) very superficial. And what is more: The media themselves start their stories with words indicating that it cannot be true -- so, why are they reporting about it, then? Because they want to attract people and make them click on their pages, thus making money. One Russian-driven Web site (sputniknews) could also have the intention to spread political fake news to an audience open for such news.
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Sundaland = Atlantis?
Overview, background, and criticism of the various proponents and recent developments of the Sundaland = Atlantis theory, emerging in our days in Malaysia and other countries of the region:
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Science accepts Pseudoscience:
I just got to know that BMCR has taken a pseudoscientific book about Atlantis into its review program, sold for impressive EUR 85,00 (ca. USD 100). The author has a "Dr" (PhD) which obviously opened the doors for her. More:
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