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Imagining Atlantis

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Ever since Plato created the legend of the lost island of Atlantis, it has maintained a uniquely strong grip on the human imagination. For two and a half millennia, the story of the city and its catastrophic downfall has inspired people--from Francis Bacon to Jules Verne to Jacques Cousteau--to speculate on the island's origins, nature, and location, and sometimes even to search for its physical remains. It has endured as a part of the mythology of many different cultures, yet there is no indisputable evidence, let alone proof, that Atlantis ever existed. What, then, accounts for its seemingly inexhaustible appeal?

Richard Ellis plunges into this rich topic, investigating the roots of the legend and following its various manifestations into the present. He begins with the story's origins. Did it arise from a common prehistorical myth? Was it a historical remnant of a lost city of pre-Columbians or ancient Egyptians? Was Atlantis an extraterrestrial colony? Ellis sifts through the "scientific" evidence marshaled to "prove" these theories, and describes the mystical and spiritual significance that has accrued to them over the centuries. He goes on to explore the possibility that the fable of Atlantis was inspired by a conflation of the high culture of Minoan Crete with the destruction wrought on the Aegean world by the cataclysmic eruption, around 1500 b.c., of the volcanic island of Thera (or Santorini).

A fascinating historical and archaeological detective story, Imagining Atlantis is a valuable addition to the literature on this essential aspect of our mythohistory.

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Complemented by maps and more than fifty photographs, a fascinating investigation into the lost city of Atlantis traces the legend's development from the literature of the ancients to the popular culture of contemporary America. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.

About the Author

Richard Ellis is the author of seven previous books, including The Book of Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises, Monsters of the Sea, and Deep Atlantic. He is also a celebrated marine artist whose paintings have been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world, and has written and illustrated articles for numerous magazines, including Audubon, Reader's Digest, National Geographic, and Scientific American. He lives in New York City.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307426321
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Subject:
main_subject
Author:
Ellis, Richard
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
19990810
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
336

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Western Civilization » General
History and Social Science » World History » Ancient History
History and Social Science » World History » Ancient Near East
History and Social Science » World History » Greece
Humanities » Mythology » Folklore and Storytelling
Humanities » Mythology » General

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Product details 336 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9780307426321 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Complemented by maps and more than fifty photographs, a fascinating investigation into the lost city of Atlantis traces the legend's development from the literature of the ancients to the popular culture of contemporary America. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.
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