Ziomek, Ed (L)
Ed Ziomek is an American investigator who has endeavoured to link place-names in Mexico with Atlantis(a). These consist mainly of names with an ‘atl’ prefix, a fact which has been commented on by many earlier writers without being totally convincing that they are really linked in any way with Atlantis.*[Furthermore, Ziomek places Homer’s Ogygia in the Pacific(b)!]*
Ziomek, in pursuance of his Atlantis in Mexico theory, specifies the Valley of Mexico as the location of Atlantis, where red, white and black rocks are to be found. He combines local legends and often forced interpretations of place-names to reinforce his thesis. He identifies Tula, which is north of Mexico City (Tenochtitlán), with the Thule of Greek mythology. He also offers four candidate locations for the Pillars of Heracles in Mexico.
To be honest, I do not find the idea of Atlantis in Mexico in anyway convincing. Ziomek makes no attempt to match many of the characteristics of Atlantis noted by Plato. The list is too long to discuss here, but just two examples will suffice; what evidence is there that Mexico had any cultural influence on the Mediterranean region “as far as Tyrrhenia and Libya” and how or why would they launch an attack on Athens or Egypt from Mexico?
He is also researching similarities between Aztec, Egyptian and Japanese names. I wish him well.