Driscoll & Kurtz (L)
Ian Driscoll & Matthew Kurtz are two American researchers who have recently published Atlantis: Egyptian Genesis, in which they claim that “the island of Atlantis will never be found”. They consider the Atlantis story to be just another creation myth comparable in many respects to other creation myths found around the world. Their starting point is the inscribed texts at the temple of Edfu in Egypt. They name a range of themes recorded at Edfu that are paralleled in Plato’s story and they then proceed to identify the same themes in the creation stories of many other cultures worldwide – utopian island, temple atop central peak with a sacred pillar, twins, flood waters etc.
This well-researched book should be read by all interested in the story of Atlantis. Plato or Solon may have incorporated universal mythological motifs into the narrative but it does not exclude the possibility of underlying historical facts being also included. Anthony N. Kontaratos identified[629.79] a remarkable twenty two instances where Plato claimed, both directly and indirectly, that the story of Atlantis was true.