An A-Z Guide To The Search For Plato's Atlantis

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    Atlantipedia will be wound down in 2023. After nearly twenty years compiling Atlantipedia on my own, and as I am now approaching my 80th birthday, I have decided to cut back on the time I dedicate to developing this website. An orderly conclusion rather than an enforced one is always preferable before the Grim Reaper […]Read More »
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    I have now published my new book, Joining The Dots, which offers a fresh look at the Atlantis mystery. I have addressed the critical questions of when, where and who, using Plato’s own words, tempered with some critical thinking and a modicum of common sense.Read More »

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Atlantis is the name given by Plato to a lost civilisation that he claims to have been told to his ancestor, Solon, by Egyptian priests.*J. Warren Wells has pointed out[783.13] that the earliest use of the word ‘Atlantis’ was by Hesiod in his Theogony centuries before Plato.*The word on its own simply means ‘daughter of Atlas’, while combined with the Greek word ‘nesos’ it translates as the ‘island of Atlantis’ and is probably a ‘Hellenisation’ by Solon or Plato of the original name recorded by the Egyptians. *Wells also notes that Atlas was associated with the Hesperides considered to be situated, like the sunset, in the west.*

The word is spelt slightly differently in the various western European languages.