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.