Heinz-Günther Nesselrath (1957- ) is a German professor of classical philology. He has studied Plato’s Atlantis story and concluded that it is purely an invention and should be treated as a morality tale. Although an Atlantis sceptic, he is also considered fair-minded.
Nesselrath has also published a German translation of and commentary on Plato’s Critias.
*In his Newsletter 118(a) of July 2018 Thorwald C. Franke revealed that Nesselrath had provided some qualified support for Franke’s thesis which contradicts the long-held view that Aristotle had denied the existence of Plato’s Atlantis. Nesselrath goes further and “adds a brand new suggestion who could have been the true author of the invention assertion in Strabo 2.3.6: He suggests Eratosthenes, the famous geographer, mathematician, and author of poems, as a good candidate to be the true author. The reasons given for this are Eratosthenes’ geographical knowledge, his poetry, and his skepticism towards e.g. Homer’s Odyssee.”*