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Etymology of ‘Atlantis’

The etymology of Atlantis is frequently given in many modern books and websites(b)(c) to means ”daughter of Atlas” while some writers have opted for ”island of Atlas”. Thorwald C. Franke has pointed out that the more correct meaning is “of Atlas” or “Atlas’ …….” with the context determining the precise interpretation.

J. Warren Wells[783.13] has pointed out that the word Atlantis was used by Hesiod in line 938 of his Theogony, centuries before both Plato and Solon, while Hellanicus of Lesbos certainly used the term before Plato.

A collection of pre-Platonic references to Atlantis which do not directly use its name has been compiled by R.Cedric Leonard(a).

*(a) http://www.atlantisquest.com/Writings.html (offline March 2018) See: Archive 2055*

(b) http://www.atlantia.de/atlantis_english/myth/myth/atlantis_atlantioi_hesperides.htm

(c) http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/atlantis