Atlantisforschung.de is the name (meaning Atlantis Research) of an important German website(a) launched on October 1st 2010. Extensive preparation by Roland Horn and Bernhard Beier has produced a very valuable portal with a range of comprehensive articles relating to ancient history, with emphasis on the Atlantis mystery.
However, the genesis of the site goes back to as early as 2001 when Beier and Horn decided to establish a comprehensive database relating to Atlantis and ancient civilisations generally. The initial version was online from 2002 until 2004, when the compilers decided to close it down, improve the software and expand the content. This took place over the ensuing six years until the current site was activated in 2010, with its well-deserved outstanding success.
For those, like myself, who only read English, just using your browser’s translator, will reveal a vast store of information and references.
Bernhard Beier (1960- ) was born in Krefeld am Niederrhein in Germany. Marketing is his profession, but his first love is researching ancient history. Along with Roland Horn, they are the driving force behind the important German website, Atlantisforschung.de(a), launched on October 1st 2010. Beier, who has been studying the Atlantis mystery for thirty years is the editorial director of the new website.
Ammianus Marcellinus (330-395 AD) was a Greek historian, who was well-known to the Roman Emperor Julian. He is widely quoted on the internet as having written that the destruction of Atlantis was an accepted fact by the intelligentsia of Alexandria. However, I am indebted to Bernhard Beier of Atlantisforschung.de for pointing out that no such statement was made by Marcellinus, referring to the English translations of his work by John C. Rolfe(a) and Charles D. Yonge(b). On the Atlantisforschung website(c) be suggests that the quote originated from an overly liberal interpretation of a line from Lewis Spence’s The History of Atlantis[259.33]. He described a class of earthquake that suddenly swallows up large tracts of land as had happened in the Atlantic to a large island.
Roland M. Horn, was born in 1963, and is the author of a number of books on a variety of subjects, such as Edgar Cayce, The Bible, Atlantis and latterly 2012. Horn is a keen supporter of the theory of Otto Muck, who postulated the idea of a cometary impact in the Atlantic that led to the destruction of Atlantis, which had been located there. He has a new website(a), in English, outlining his views on the location of Atlantis(c) and promoting his books. He has produced three books, in German, on the subject of Atlantis. In 1997 he published the first of these, Das Erbe von Atlantis, which he revised and republished in 2001. The second, which deals with Edgar Cayce’s contribution to the Atlantis question. The third volume endeavours to support the idea that Atlantis was the cradle of civilisation.