10 Surprising Facts About the Lost City of Atlantis

The fabled city of Atlantis has intrigued centuries and even today people continue to look for this island that once existed as a symbol of modern civilization, an utopia that could change the world. There have been many theories about it and many people claim to have found it. So how much do you know about it? Check out these 10 surprising facts about the lost city of Atlantis to know more.

#1. The origins

The origins

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The story of Atlantis was first told by Plato, the Greek philosopher in two of his stories. They were written around 355 B.C and titled Timaeus and Critias. He describes it as being larger than Asia minor and Libya combined. It wasn’t just a city but an entire continent.

#2. The Atlantis of Plato

According to Plato, Atlantis was located just behind the pillars of Hercules in the Atlantic. It was governed by a constitution similar to the one in “Republic.” Poseidon protected this island and made his son Atlas its king. However, they soon grew too powerful and conquered Egypt, Europe and Africa.

#3. Splendid Place

Plato described Atlantis in great detail and called it a masterpiece of splendid architecture. The island consisted of temples, palaces, harbors and docks in the area.  The island was also connected with land via big tunnels that were so huge that ships could easily move through them.

#4. A myth?

There is another theory that suggests that Atlantis was just a myth, created by Plato to warn against greed. Moreover, plate tectonics reveal that the island cannot exist since the continents have drifted as the seafloor spread over time and not contracted. Therefore, Atlantis wouldn’t have a place to sink into.

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