Atlantis , myth, legend, History
Generally speaking, Atlantis is a myth. My position is opposite to this word “myth”. Why ?
A myth is a written or oral story used in order to speak about religious subjects in a coded manner. This kind of
production was used to show the knowledge of the author, probably sometimes under the influence of drugs,
dreams and mystical feelings. The code always used is the phonemes eared in the words and names. For
example, this way of thinking has been pointed out by the commentators of the Veda.
Nowadays, we are searching in myths some (visual) symbols, because we don’t know the ancient language. We
are almost totally blind.
In the word myth, there is the word mystery, a religious mystery.
As CRANTOR, a greek philosopher (ca.300 BC) (quoted by PROCLUS, a greek philosopher of the 5th
A.D.(commentary upon Plato’s Timaios), I say that PLATO wrote a historical relation. The events reported
are so ancient that they can be called “ a legend”. Though, I cannot make up my mind to decide whether Plato
knew or did not know that Atlantis was India.
Possibly, if the entire text of the Critias would have been preserved, we should have more information…but as
often, a part of Plato’s work is lacking.
In conclusion, the story reported by PLATO does not possess the characteristics of a myth. He told what he
knew, without any attempt to disguise reality.
Atlantis is History and legend, as most of History when there is only one text to reconstitute the past.
Philippe POTEL-BELNER, 21 avril 2013