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The most comprehensive reconstruction of the history and fate of the legendary ancient civilization of Atlantis.


•Draws together compelling evidence from geology, astronomy, myths, and ancient texts to prove the existence of Atlantean civilization and its catastrophic end.


•Includes a vivid narrative that re-creates the last days of Atlantis.


•Represents 20 years worth of research across the globe.


All human cultures, from classical and biblical to native North and South American, share the myth of an ancient deluge, often coinciding with a rain of fire from the heavens. What accounts for this shared myth of environmental catastrophe? Now, in The Destruction of Atlantis, author Frank Joseph links this worldwide cultural phenomenon to the story of the lost civilization of Atlantis, which in a single day and night disappeared into the sea in a violent cataclysm.

In the most comprehensive account of this legendary island, Joseph provides compelling evidence that Atlantis was at the root of all subsequent human civilizations. Brilliantly refuting years of modern skepticism, Joseph combines evidence from archaeology, geology, astronomy, and ancient lore to locate Atlantis in the context of Near Eastern Bronze Age society at the end of the 13th century B.C. The author seamlessly combines hard scientific evidence with a stunning imaginative re-creation of what it must have been like to walk the streets of Atlantis in its last days. The resulting portrait of a mighty empire corrupted by an overreaching lust for wealth and power offers an important lesson to our own materialistic civilization poised on the brink of ecological disaster.

Synopsis:

In the most comprehensive account of this legendary island, Joseph provides compelling evidence that Atlantis was at the root of all subsequent human civilizations. Brilliantly refuting years of modern skepticism, Joseph combines evidence from archaeology, geology, astronomy, and ancient lore to locate Atlantis in the context of Near Eastern Bronze Age society at the end of the 13th century B.C. The author seamlessly combines hard scientific evidence with a stunning imaginative re-creation of what it must have been like to walk the streets of Atlantis in its last days. The resulting portrait of a mighty empire corrupted by an overreaching lust for wealth and power offers an important lesson to our own materialistic civilization poised on the brink of ecological disaster.A journalist and researcher, Frank Joseph is the editor-in-chief of Ancient Americanmagazine and the author of Synchronicity and You. He lives in Colfax, Wisconsin."

The Destruction of Atlantis
Compelling Evidence of the Sudden Fall of the Legendary Civilization

Introduction: Atlantis Madness
I: andquot;In a Single Day and Nightandquot;: A Recreation
II: Where Is Atlantis?
III: The Queen of Legends
IV: The Fire from Heaven
V: How Was Atlantis Destroyed?
VI: When Was Atlantis Destroyed?
VII: Life in Atlantis
VIII: The Discovery of Atlantis
IX: The Atlantis Story Told in One Sitting
Epilogue: The Atlanteans Ourselves
Notes
Index

From the Introduction

A definite shift in consciousness is presently under way. The dogmasof the past, which still hold sway, are no longer on the firm footing theydepended on for so long, as more and more researchers, some with outstandingscientific background, publicly voice their serious doubts concerning obsoletetheories preached as holy writ from Academia's Ivory Tower. Awareness ofAtlantis is next on the list of issues still too radical for consideration.But it is the single most explosive taboo of them all, because its discoverycould blow sky high the old Ivory Tower of official doctrine. Perhaps thatis why its defenders are so unyielding in their opposition to the subject.They have too much to loose after so many decades of denial.

The chief purpose of this book is to make the lost civilization comealive in the reader's imagination. It is not enough to argue facts, nomatter how convincingly. To make Atlantis live in the mind something credibleis required. It includes a re-creation of what it might have been liketo actually walk the streets of Atlantis, visit its temples or palaces,and witness its last day as seen through the eyes of the Atlanteans themselves.It is hoped that such a re-creation will revivify a subject too long savagedby professional debunkers, half-baked historians, and self-styled psychics.

The factual Atlantis is fantastic enough. As such, this investigationmakes no claims, ventures upon no speculation not supported by an up-to-dateunderstanding of the past. If the Atlantis legend cannot be credibly transposedinto at least an accessible, rational theory, resting largely on documentedcriteria, then it is, after all, only a legend not worthy of our curiosity.But once the paranormal speculations have been set aside, let us at leastallow ourselves enough honesty to follow the facts wherever they may leadus.

This is not to suggest that Atlantis lacks a genuinely mystical dimension.In truth, it was steeped in mysticism. The whole orientation of the Atlanteans'culture was aimed at obtaining spiritual empowerment through the mysticalarts. It was not for nothing that their foremost mythic figure, Atlas,was revered as the founder of astrology. To be sure, even a reasoned examination,as this one attempts to be, cannot elude the Otherworldly aspects of theAtlantis story. To divest our investigation of them would be to miss itsreason for being . . .and the reason for its annihilation. But the mysticismfound in these pages was not "channeled" (at least consciously!), nor conjuredvia some favorite crystal. Nonetheless, the inherent mystical quality ofAtlantis cannot be suppressed without losing something of the original.Rather than deliberately seek it out, however, I allowed whatever magicthere might be here to arise of its own accord. Its real sensation of wondermentderives not through paranormal uncertainties but from realizing the historicalcertainty that Atlantis did indeed exist.

Why should that be interesting or important? Aside from its place asthe real cradle of civilization and the belief among some people that learningabout the lost city is to access memories of past lives there, Atlantisrepresents a warning we need to grasp to our hearts. Not since the Atlanteanselevated their society to its zenith of achievement has the world attaineda similarly international civilization. But they were said to have so abusedthe fundamental principles of their greatness and very existence througharrogance and greed, that their whole society crashed into horrific oblivion.The demise of a civilization (and hundreds have fallen before our own)is never painless.

Americans have no right to assume that theirs will continue indefinitely,especially when they allow forces inimical to the basic survival of theirsociety to proliferate. We need only consider our own behavior, not onlyas a nation but as a species, to appreciate how vital an Atlantean comparisonmight be for today's so-called movers and shakers, before they and therest of us are moved and shaken by the consequences of our own environmentalmisdeeds. Atlantis is the supreme object lesson. We ignore it at our ownperil. Establishing at least the likelihood of its physical existence wouldhold up the mirror to our self-destructive civilization: "It happened before,it can happen to us!"

Atlantis can be restored to life through the collection and comparisonof trace evidence. Since the capital's destruction was of so cataclysmica nature, it is to a large extent through the literary, historical, andmythological evidence of those peoples touched by the Atlanteans that weare able to follow their story. If, by comparison, Rome had suddenly vanishedat the zenith of her imperial greatness, leaving no material evidence forthe city's existence, we would still know very much about her from thesurviving testimonies of societies she directly influenced during her daysof empire. The surviving testimony of peoples touched by Atlantis duringthe height of her empire is no less revealing. Until Atlantis herself isdiscovered, her temporary physical absence does not necessarily invalidatethe possibility of her story.

Atlantis is far more than some archaeological problem. It is, in fact,more than we can entirely express in words, because it is the collectivetrauma of our species: the birthplace of earthly civilization detonatedin a magnitude of terror and guilt that seared the memory of humankindfrom that time to this. Its supreme moment of horrific mass extinctionechoes down all the generations since in the persistent nightmares of our"collective unconscious," as universally expressed through the myths ofevery human society. It is time we awoke from the millennial nightmare.Let us heal that missing memory of our origins by recalling the great glorywe achieved, but carelessly lost, before we repeat the process of self-destructionby making the same dreadful errors.Brilliantly refuting years of modern skepticism, Joseph combines evidence from archaeology, geology, astronomy, and ancient lore to locate Atlantis in the context of Near Eastern Bronze Age society at the end of the 13th century B.C. The author writes a stunning imaginative re-creation of what it must have been like to walk the streets of Atlantis in its last days.andquot;A valuable addition to the study of lost civilizations and ancient maritime exploration. Essential reading for all true Atlantologists.andquot;
< strong > Andrew Collins < /strong > , author of < i > From the Ashes of Angels < /i > andquot;Intrepid globetrotter, researcher, and writer extraordinaire, Frank Joseph takes the reader on a tour in search of Atlantis. Enjoy with him the alchemical thrill of transforming dramatic legend into historical reality and experience his passion and dedication as he unravels this age-old story. Definitely a can’t-put-downer and must-read book for the enthusiast of ancient mysteries.andquot;
< strong > Robert G. Bauval < /strong > , author of < i > The Orion Mystery < /i > and < i > Message of the Sphinx < /i >

andquot;Like a hot new detective story surrounded by dusty tomes, The Destruction of Atlantisshines brightly amid the dim and dull fare from the cloistered towers of academe and elsewhere.andquot;
< strong > J. Douglas Kenyon < /strong > , editor, < i > Atlantis Rising < /i > magazine

andquot;'Where will it all end?' people wonder." For the answer, let them look to Atlantis. On a scale of one to ten, I give this book a 9.95. This book should be a standard-issue text in all high school and college history courses. It will stand the test of time.andquot;
< strong > Dr. Robert R. Hieronimus < /strong > , Host of 21st-Century Radio, author of < i > America s Secret Destiny: Spiritual Vision and the Founding of a Nation < /i > andquot;The Destruction of Atlantisis an extensively researched volume that takes on the reality of Atlantis in a conservative and well-reasoned approach. It deserves to be part of every Atlantis library.andquot;< strong > David Hatcher Childress < /strong > , author of < i > Atlantis andamp; the Power System of the Gods < /i > and the < i > Lost Cities < /i > series andquot;I found it compelling, just off-beat enough to be catching to the imagination.andquot;< em > The Courier~Gazette < /em > , May 2004

Synopsis:

Brilliantly refuting years of modern skepticism, Joseph combines evidence from archaeology, geology, astronomy, and ancient lore to locate Atlantis in the context of Near Eastern Bronze Age society at the end of the 13th century B.C. The author writes a stunning imaginative re-creation of what it must have been like to walk the streets of Atlantis in its last days.

About the Author

Frank Joseph is the editor-in-chief of Ancient Americanmagazine and the author of The Destruction of Atlantisand Synchronicity and You. He lives in Colfax, Wisconsin.

Table of Contents

The Destruction of Atlantis
Compelling Evidence of the Sudden Fall of the Legendary Civilization

Introduction: Atlantis Madness
I: "In a Single Day and Night": A Recreation
II: Where Is Atlantis?
III: The Queen of Legends
IV: The Fire from Heaven
V: How Was Atlantis Destroyed?
VI: When Was Atlantis Destroyed?
VII: Life in Atlantis
VIII: The Discovery of Atlantis
IX: The Atlantis Story Told in One Sitting
Epilogue: The Atlanteans Ourselves
Notes
Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781879181854
Subtitle:
Compelling Evidence of the Sudden Fall of the Legendary Civilization
Foreword:
Sitchin, Zecharia
Author:
Joseph, Frank
Author:
Sitchin, Zecharia
Publisher:
Bear & Company
Location:
Rochester, VT
Subject:
Controversial Knowledge
Subject:
Unexplained Phenomena
Subject:
Atlantis
Subject:
Mythical Civilizations
Subject:
New Science
Subject:
Ancient Cultures
Subject:
New Thought
Copyright:
Series Volume:
22
Publication Date:
April 2002
Binding:
Hardcover
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.26x6.15x.96 in. 1.36 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , In the most comprehensive account of this legendary island, Joseph provides compelling evidence that Atlantis was at the root of all subsequent human civilizations. Brilliantly refuting years of modern skepticism, Joseph combines evidence from archaeology, geology, astronomy, and ancient lore to locate Atlantis in the context of Near Eastern Bronze Age society at the end of the 13th century B.C. The author seamlessly combines hard scientific evidence with a stunning imaginative re-creation of what it must have been like to walk the streets of Atlantis in its last days. The resulting portrait of a mighty empire corrupted by an overreaching lust for wealth and power offers an important lesson to our own materialistic civilization poised on the brink of ecological disaster.A journalist and researcher, Frank Joseph is the editor-in-chief of Ancient Americanmagazine and the author of Synchronicity and You. He lives in Colfax, Wisconsin."

The Destruction of Atlantis
Compelling Evidence of the Sudden Fall of the Legendary Civilization

Introduction: Atlantis Madness
I: andquot;In a Single Day and Nightandquot;: A Recreation
II: Where Is Atlantis?
III: The Queen of Legends
IV: The Fire from Heaven
V: How Was Atlantis Destroyed?
VI: When Was Atlantis Destroyed?
VII: Life in Atlantis
VIII: The Discovery of Atlantis
IX: The Atlantis Story Told in One Sitting
Epilogue: The Atlanteans Ourselves
Notes
Index

From the Introduction

A definite shift in consciousness is presently under way. The dogmasof the past, which still hold sway, are no longer on the firm footing theydepended on for so long, as more and more researchers, some with outstandingscientific background, publicly voice their serious doubts concerning obsoletetheories preached as holy writ from Academia's Ivory Tower. Awareness ofAtlantis is next on the list of issues still too radical for consideration.But it is the single most explosive taboo of them all, because its discoverycould blow sky high the old Ivory Tower of official doctrine. Perhaps thatis why its defenders are so unyielding in their opposition to the subject.They have too much to loose after so many decades of denial.

The chief purpose of this book is to make the lost civilization comealive in the reader's imagination. It is not enough to argue facts, nomatter how convincingly. To make Atlantis live in the mind something credibleis required. It includes a re-creation of what it might have been liketo actually walk the streets of Atlantis, visit its temples or palaces,and witness its last day as seen through the eyes of the Atlanteans themselves.It is hoped that such a re-creation will revivify a subject too long savagedby professional debunkers, half-baked historians, and self-styled psychics.

The factual Atlantis is fantastic enough. As such, this investigationmakes no claims, ventures upon no speculation not supported by an up-to-dateunderstanding of the past. If the Atlantis legend cannot be credibly transposedinto at least an accessible, rational theory, resting largely on documentedcriteria, then it is, after all, only a legend not worthy of our curiosity.But once the paranormal speculations have been set aside, let us at leastallow ourselves enough honesty to follow the facts wherever they may leadus.

This is not to suggest that Atlantis lacks a genuinely mystical dimension.In truth, it was steeped in mysticism. The whole orientation of the Atlanteans'culture was aimed at obtaining spiritual empowerment through the mysticalarts. It was not for nothing that their foremost mythic figure, Atlas,was revered as the founder of astrology. To be sure, even a reasoned examination,as this one attempts to be, cannot elude the Otherworldly aspects of theAtlantis story. To divest our investigation of them would be to miss itsreason for being . . .and the reason for its annihilation. But the mysticismfound in these pages was not "channeled" (at least consciously!), nor conjuredvia some favorite crystal. Nonetheless, the inherent mystical quality ofAtlantis cannot be suppressed without losing something of the original.Rather than deliberately seek it out, however, I allowed whatever magicthere might be here to arise of its own accord. Its real sensation of wondermentderives not through paranormal uncertainties but from realizing the historicalcertainty that Atlantis did indeed exist.

Why should that be interesting or important? Aside from its place asthe real cradle of civilization and the belief among some people that learningabout the lost city is to access memories of past lives there, Atlantisrepresents a warning we need to grasp to our hearts. Not since the Atlanteanselevated their society to its zenith of achievement has the world attaineda similarly international civilization. But they were said to have so abusedthe fundamental principles of their greatness and very existence througharrogance and greed, that their whole society crashed into horrific oblivion.The demise of a civilization (and hundreds have fallen before our own)is never painless.

Americans have no right to assume that theirs will continue indefinitely,especially when they allow forces inimical to the basic survival of theirsociety to proliferate. We need only consider our own behavior, not onlyas a nation but as a species, to appreciate how vital an Atlantean comparisonmight be for today's so-called movers and shakers, before they and therest of us are moved and shaken by the consequences of our own environmentalmisdeeds. Atlantis is the supreme object lesson. We ignore it at our ownperil. Establishing at least the likelihood of its physical existence wouldhold up the mirror to our self-destructive civilization: "It happened before,it can happen to us!"

Atlantis can be restored to life through the collection and comparisonof trace evidence. Since the capital's destruction was of so cataclysmica nature, it is to a large extent through the literary, historical, andmythological evidence of those peoples touched by the Atlanteans that weare able to follow their story. If, by comparison, Rome had suddenly vanishedat the zenith of her imperial greatness, leaving no material evidence forthe city's existence, we would still know very much about her from thesurviving testimonies of societies she directly influenced during her daysof empire. The surviving testimony of peoples touched by Atlantis duringthe height of her empire is no less revealing. Until Atlantis herself isdiscovered, her temporary physical absence does not necessarily invalidatethe possibility of her story.

Atlantis is far more than some archaeological problem. It is, in fact,more than we can entirely express in words, because it is the collectivetrauma of our species: the birthplace of earthly civilization detonatedin a magnitude of terror and guilt that seared the memory of humankindfrom that time to this. Its supreme moment of horrific mass extinctionechoes down all the generations since in the persistent nightmares of our"collective unconscious," as universally expressed through the myths ofevery human society. It is time we awoke from the millennial nightmare.Let us heal that missing memory of our origins by recalling the great glorywe achieved, but carelessly lost, before we repeat the process of self-destructionby making the same dreadful errors.Brilliantly refuting years of modern skepticism, Joseph combines evidence from archaeology, geology, astronomy, and ancient lore to locate Atlantis in the context of Near Eastern Bronze Age society at the end of the 13th century B.C. The author writes a stunning imaginative re-creation of what it must have been like to walk the streets of Atlantis in its last days.andquot;A valuable addition to the study of lost civilizations and ancient maritime exploration. Essential reading for all true Atlantologists.andquot;
< strong > Andrew Collins < /strong > , author of < i > From the Ashes of Angels < /i > andquot;Intrepid globetrotter, researcher, and writer extraordinaire, Frank Joseph takes the reader on a tour in search of Atlantis. Enjoy with him the alchemical thrill of transforming dramatic legend into historical reality and experience his passion and dedication as he unravels this age-old story. Definitely a can’t-put-downer and must-read book for the enthusiast of ancient mysteries.andquot;
< strong > Robert G. Bauval < /strong > , author of < i > The Orion Mystery < /i > and < i > Message of the Sphinx < /i >

andquot;Like a hot new detective story surrounded by dusty tomes, The Destruction of Atlantisshines brightly amid the dim and dull fare from the cloistered towers of academe and elsewhere.andquot;
< strong > J. Douglas Kenyon < /strong > , editor, < i > Atlantis Rising < /i > magazine

andquot;'Where will it all end?' people wonder." For the answer, let them look to Atlantis. On a scale of one to ten, I give this book a 9.95. This book should be a standard-issue text in all high school and college history courses. It will stand the test of time.andquot;
< strong > Dr. Robert R. Hieronimus < /strong > , Host of 21st-Century Radio, author of < i > America s Secret Destiny: Spiritual Vision and the Founding of a Nation < /i > andquot;The Destruction of Atlantisis an extensively researched volume that takes on the reality of Atlantis in a conservative and well-reasoned approach. It deserves to be part of every Atlantis library.andquot;< strong > David Hatcher Childress < /strong > , author of < i > Atlantis andamp; the Power System of the Gods < /i > and the < i > Lost Cities < /i > series andquot;I found it compelling, just off-beat enough to be catching to the imagination.andquot;< em > The Courier~Gazette < /em > , May 2004

"Synopsis" by , Brilliantly refuting years of modern skepticism, Joseph combines evidence from archaeology, geology, astronomy, and ancient lore to locate Atlantis in the context of Near Eastern Bronze Age society at the end of the 13th century B.C. The author writes a stunning imaginative re-creation of what it must have been like to walk the streets of Atlantis in its last days.
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