By Rodney Castleden

Plato's legend of Atlantis has turn into infamous between students because the absurdest lie in literature. Atlantis Destroyed explores the chance that the account given via Plato is traditionally precise.
Rodney Castleden first considers the positioning of Atlantis re-examining feedback recommend within the early 20th century; Minoan Crete and Minoan Thera. He outlines the most recent learn findings on Knossos and Bronze Age Thera, discussing the fabric tradition, alternate empire and agricultural method, writing and wall work, paintings, faith and society of the Minoan civilization. Castleden demonstrates the numerous parallels among Plato's narrative and the Minoan Civilization within the Aegean.
Fired by way of the mind's eye a brand new imaginative and prescient of Atlantis has arisen during the last 100 and fifty years as a misplaced utopia. Rodney Castleden discusses why this photograph arose and explains the way it has turn into careworn with Plato's actual account.

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30 There was little interest in Baikie’s and Frost’s proposal, but their idea opened a door into a corridor many others would walk down during the twentieth century: an interpretation of bronze age Crete as Atlantis. After Evans’s work at Knossos, the connection between Knossos and Thera looked obvious. There had been Cretan colonies or trading stations on many islands in the Aegean, and Thera was an obvious location for one. Then, as Evans’s work at Knossos came to an end, another great figure in Aegean archaeology, Spyridon Marinatos, began to make his own discoveries and find another link connecting the ancient destinies of Crete and Thera.

Thera, on the Cretan edge of the Cycladic world, felt these shifts acutely. The Theran city at Akrotiri disengaged itself from the islands of the northern Aegean at this time in order to develop a closer relationship with Crete. In 1700 BC the city was substantially the same as the late bronze age city wrecked by the caldera eruption in 1520 BC. Houses fell and were rebuilt in between, but the town plan remained substantially the same. By the late phase of the Middle Cycladic, 1700–1550 BC, new fortifications were built at Ayia Irini, suggesting that prosperous trading was attracting piracy.

At Panormos on Naxos. Burial in cist tombs went out of fashion and the making of marble figurines went into a sharp decline. There were also new metal types and a new apsidal house plan, both coming from Anatolia. 19 There seems to have been a sharp decline in the number of people living in the Cyclades at this time and in their standard of living, as well as a major break in contact with the outside world. 20 PRELUDES TO DISCOVERY By 2100 BC, the beginning of Early Cycladic IIIB, the power struggle, whether political, cultural or both, had been resolved.

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