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Friday, January 15, 2021

Atlantis: The Cursed City

Indeed, nothing is perfect in this world. With advanced technology, a powerful military nation, and materially wealthy, the city of dreams that was corrupted by affluence, superiority, and power; This was how the city of Atlantis being described from the book of Ken Feder, a professor of archeology entitled "Encyclopedia of Dubious Archeology." Defying a bit on what Plato has written from his dialogues, the "Timaeus" and the "Critias" in 360 B.C. on how he pictured Atlantis a legendary island nation.

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Why did it vanish? Did it exist? What happened to the utopian society?

For over 2,000 years, western philosophers and historians have made Atlantis the "lost" island, the subject of interest on the said great island's whereabout.

Said to be larger than ancient Libya and Asia Minor (modern Turkey) combined. Half-human half gods allegedly founded an idealistic civilization, which became a pronounced naval power. The lavish island was said to have precious metals; gold and silver also have great quantities of exotic wildlife with an array of panoramic mountains in the north shore and plain in the south, almost perfect place to live.

There were many theories about the location of Atlantis. Some would say it is situated in the Atlantic Ocean; another is in the Strait of Gibraltar, or it could be on either side of the Gulf of Laconia's mountains were called the "Pillars of Hercules."  It can be the geographical location described in the ancient reports that the Greek Philosopher Plato is basing his story.

But up to this day, the exact whereabouts of Atlantis is still unknown.

With that, many believe that the story about Atlantis is nothing but a myth. Others will say that it is an illustration of Plato's ideal state, while some will insist that it is based on the real historical disaster.

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Believed to be descendants of the God of the sea Poseidon, Atlantis's kings became diluted as they mixed with mortals.

Based on Plato's story, Atlantis's existence is about 9,000 years before his own time, and it has been passed down to poets and others. But no record can support the said claim or did it ever exist. Atlantis enslaved its enemies and has conquered much of Western Europe and Africa by around 9600 B.C.

Over the years, dreadful volcanic eruption and floods had happed. Including one event similar to the destruction of the island, believed to be around 1600 B.C., an enormous volcanic eruption devastated Santorini's island and the Aegean Sea near Greece. About the same time of the volcanic eruption, the Minoan civilization disappeared. According to Robert Ballard, the National Geographic explorer-in-residence who discovered the wreck of Titanic in 1895, it doesn't coincide with what Plato said Atlantis was destroyed.

It could have been a perfect place if Atlantis still exists, a story moral and spiritual people who lived in an advanced society, utopian civilization. But truly, nothing is perfect due to greed, insignificance, and morally bankrupt; the people took its toll for losing their way, so the Gods punished them.

Gods send that "one terrible night of fire and earthquake" caused the Atlantis to sink into the sea and vanished forever.
By Kris De Vera Estrella, IFY Books

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