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ATLANTIS ERAT ! – There was ATLANTIS! – Samothrace is Atlantis


Fig. 1 Samothrace (Samothrace) – View of the Fengari Massif (Feng Ari Mountains), July 2007

  • by our guest author Hans-Henning Klein

Atlantis is described by Plato in relatively detail in various versions, but a concrete localization is not to be inferred from his explanations. However, there have always been attempts to sink the island of Atlantis. However, the fact that they were based on Plato’s explanations of Atlantis and was therefore not very successful seems to be essential to all investigations.

According to local considerations, it should be much more accurate for the localization of Atlantis if one orients oneself on the explanations of Solon in order to arrive at a reliable result. He came across a stele with engraved Atlantis texts in Sais in the Nile Delta around 560 BC. These were copied by him before they were destroyed by the Romans. However, there is a record of existence in Naukratis,16 km from Sais, where the above stelae were found confirmed in scrolls.

Abraham Ortelius was a Flemish geographer and cartographer who, unlike his professional colleagues, clearly referenced the sources of his maps and texts. One of his most famous maps was the map Argonautica, in which Ortelius “depicts the mythical journey of Jason and the Argonauts and their search for the Golden Fleece. Ortelius made this map in 1598 AD on the basis of a new translation of the solo texts by Stephanius.

Such an imprint could be acquired on this side in 1996 at the University of Mannheim. According to this map, the actual existence of Atlantis can be assumed, so that there was the Atlantis of the Atlanteans.

Today’s Samothrace was already called “Samothrace Et Elektra Atlantidis” by Ortelius in his map Argonautica, it was the island that native to Atlantis and sank into the sea on the occasion of the sea quake, leaving only the Feng Ari Mountains. Starting from Solon, the island was 54 x 36 km in size before the earth/sea quake, of which only 22 x 11 km are visible today.

Solon stated in the 6th century, i.e. for the 16th century BC: “There was a huge earthquake in a single day, in a single night”. The earthquake was so strong that it literally tore today’s island of Samothrace into the sea and 7/8 of the island “sank irretrievably lost” in the sea, so that only the mountains, the high ones, protruded from the sea, like the skeleton of a dying animal.

In the ZDF documentary (Atlantis – Auf der Jagd nach dem Mythos) by Prof M. Pepper from 12.02.2017 fresco paintings by Atlantis are shown. However, the frescoes of the Nile do not show the island of Santorini, but the mountains of Samothrace, thus the outline of Mt. Ailias. They show the large sinkhole and cremestos, they show the sea tide around Samothrace and the foothill mountains and the piercing to the sea of the Atlas. Finally, the current hiking trail, which was once used by Egyptian visitors of the 16th century BC, is also shown.

Details of these statements can be found here.

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