Gypsies and Atlantis
Gypsies or Roma People and Atlantis are not normally associated, although the idea of a link was expressed in the science fiction novel by Robert Silverberg in his 1986 Star of Gypsies, in which he has gypsies arriving on earth from the stars and establishing Atlantis. The more conventional idea was to consider gypsies originating in India or Lower Egypt. Such speculation has now been overtaken by science, which confirms that their true home to have been in India 1000 years ago(a).
An unusual suggestion was recently made that the Roma migrated from India, eventually reaching the Mediterranean, where they became the Sea Peoples(b). However, this idea fails on two counts, namely, the date is wrong and I am not aware that the Roma had a seafaring culture!
In the July 1950 edition of Egerton Sykes’ Atlantis newsletter, an article by Vera Garner Howe speculated that gypsies may have been refugees from sunken Atlantis. She offers little to support this contention and in fact, she ends up doing more to reinforce the theory of the Indian origins, now proven correct by DNA studies.