Plato’s prehistoric Athens destroyed in a Neolithic landslide

Plato’s prehistoric Athens destroyed in a Neolithic landslide

Plato’s prehistoric Athens destroyed in a Neolithic landslide

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The Ancient Greek philosopher Plato wrote his Atlantis story in two documents called the Timaeus and Critias. These writings date from about 360 BC and are the only known works that describe the Atlantean civilization in detail. Most modern scholars argue that Plato fabricated the entire story of Atlantis to illustrate his political theories. Other scholars suggest Plato based parts of his Atlantis story on actual or mythological events. In the Timaeus and Critias, Plato states the Atlantis story comes from the writings of the Athenian statesman Solon. Plato also explains several times that the story is fact and not a myth.

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The Mediterranean War Of 9600 BC

Solon was a well-known historical figure in Athens in the sixth century BC, almost two centuries before Plato lived. In the early sixth century BC, Solon travelled to the city of Sais in the Nile Delta in Egypt. While there, he met with Egyptian temple priests who possessed ancient historical records concerning Atlantis. The Egyptian priests showed Solon those records and recounted the story of Atlantis. They told Solon about events that had occurred 9,000 years before his time, or over 11,000 years ago. In the early fourth century BC, Plato received a document written by Solon about what he had seen and heard in Egypt concerning the Atlantis story. Plato then used the details in Solon’s document to write about Atlantis in the Timaeus and Critias.

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In the Timaeus and Critias, Plato describes the Atlanteans as an aggressive imperial military power that originated on what he calls the ‘Atlantic Island’, located outside the Mediterranean in the Atlantic Ocean. According to Plato, the Atlanteans conquered and enslaved Western Mediterranean cultures and then attempted to expand their empire by conquering the remaining free cultures in the Eastern Mediterranean. The Atlanteans were defeated in a war against the free Mediterranean people and eventually driven entirely from the Mediterranean. The events of the Mediterranean war occurred over 11,000 years ago. Sometime after the war, the Atlanteans’ homeland on the Atlantic Island sank into the sea during devastating earthquakes and floods.

Neolithic Athens

In his Atlantis story, Plato describes a prehistoric society in Athens that fought against the Atlanteans but was also destroyed by natural disasters.

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By Dr Phil Flambas

Dr Phil Flambas was born in Sydney, Australia in 1953. He was a student at Sydney Boys High and attended the University of NSW medical school, graduating as a doctor in 1978. In his early twenties, he went to Sri Lanka for a few months as a medical student, combined with backpacking through India and Nepal. After graduating medicine, Phil worked as a hospital doctor in England to gain extra qualifications to be a country GP back in Australia. During his time away from Australia, he spent several months backpacking in Morocco, Greece, Turkey and Egypt, and seeing the remains of their ancient cultures first-hand.

After returning to Australia and practicing medicine as a country GP for some years, Phil became interested in the commercialisation of new technologies as a change of career. He returned to Sydney and became the Managing Editor of a long-established medical journal. Realising he needed more knowledge to achieve his goals in technology transfer, he left medical publishing and entered full-time study for a Master of Business Administration from the University of NSW, graduating in 1992. Since then, Phil has worked as a hospital administrator, management consultant and equities analyst, supplemented at times with part-time medical work. Due to family commitments, he returned to full-time medical practice for the past ten years. In his spare time, he has been researching and writing about Plato’s Atlantis story for the past six years.

Dr. P. P Flambas is author of Plato’s Caribbean Atlantis , analyzing the Ancient Greek philosopher Plato’s writings about Atlantis. The book is available on Amazon, iBookstore, Google Books, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and many more.

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