Stahel, H. R.
H. R. Stahel is an architect by profession and the author of an illustrated guide to Atlantis, with a foreword by Isaac Asimov.*While Stahel located Atlantis in the Atlantic, Asimov opted for the destruction of Thera as the inspiration for Plato’s story.*
The illustrations are good, but unfortunately are in black and white only. Stahel based all the designs and plans of Atlantis on Plato’s descriptions. His drawings, more than anything else, demonstrate the improbability of dimensions recorded by Plato. The consistent degree of over-engineering forces us to question the accuracy of Plato’s numbers and consider whether this perceived exaggeration is the result of an erroneous transcription of numerals or a misunderstanding of the units of measurement employed.
Stahel illustrated Atlantis as an island, centred on the Azores with a chain of islands stretching from there to Newfoundland more or less in a straight line. He also envisages an Atlantean Empire stretching from parts of the west coast of America to include the Mississippi, Missouri and Ohio river basins, Central America and as far south as the Amazon basin. East of the capital he includes all of coastal Europe and the Mediterranean (except Greece), along the coast of north and west Africa, the Middle East and on into India. Imaginative if nothing else.