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I have now published my new book, Joining The Dots, which offers a fresh look at the Atlantis mystery. I have addressed the critical questions of when, where and who, using Plato's own words, tempered with some critical thinking and a modicum of common sense.


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Austin, Nick

 Nick Austin is the author of Atlantis: The Minoan Truth [1661], in which he endeavours to give support to the idea of a Cretan location for Atlantis.

The first part centres on the author’s chance encounter with what appear to be the remains of structures on the coast at Malia on the northern coast of Crete. Austin claims these as the remains of a Minoan Palace, which was destroyed by a megatsunami generated by the eruption of Thera (Santorini). While this may have been possible it does not make it the site of Atlantis. There are the remains of an excavated Minoan palace nearby(a).

There was one point on which Austin and I agree, which is the identification of the Strait of Messina as the most likely location of the Pillars of Herakles referred to by Plato [p217]. But it is on this very point that Austin’s theory collapses. If the Atlanteans attacked Athens from beyond the ‘Pillars’, that attack came from beyond (further than) the Strait of Messina. Crete, you will note, is situated in the other direction.

Unfortunately, Austin’s mistakes do not end there; he places Krakatoa in the Philippines [p178] , instead of Indonesia. He also thinks ‘Potamos’ means ‘middle’, whereas it is commonly known that in the word ‘Mesopotamia’, ‘meso’ means middle and ‘potamia. means ‘rivers’ (b). Enough.

(a) http://www.minoancrete.com/malia.htm

(b) https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mesopotamia