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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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‘Barbarian’ (bárbaros) is the word used by Plato to describe the early kings of Atlantis (Critias 113a) which is a far cry from being considered sons of gods. The term was originally used by the ancient Greeks as the way to describe a non-Greek speaking person and is usually translated into English as ‘barbarian’ (Bury, Taylor & Lamb) or as the less pejorative foreigner’ (Jowett).

The etymology of the word ‘barbarian’ and how it has morphed over the centuries can be studied online(a).

*(a) or See: Archive 3109*