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    September 2023. Hi Atlantipedes, At present I am in Sardinia for a short visit. Later we move to Sicily and Malta. The trip is purely vacational. Unfortunately, I am writing this in a dreadful apartment, sitting on a bed, with access to just one useable socket and a small Notebook. Consequently, I possibly will not […]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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Luce, John Victor

John Victor Luce (1920-2011)(b)  was born in Dublin and educated at Cheltenham College, England and Trinity College, Dublin, where he graduated with First Class Honours in Classics and Philosophy in 1942. Among other academic honours, he was a lecturer in Greek at Glasgow University, visiting professor in classics at Trinity College, Hartford, luce1Connecticut and was emeritus professor of classics at Trinity College, Dublin.

>In 1968, Luce was a guest lecturer on a cruise ship in the Mediterranean. As they were heading for Crete and Santorini he addressed the subject of the Minoans and their possible association with the story of Atlantis. In the audience was the well-known archaeologist Sir Mortimer Wheeler, who commissioned Luce to expand on the details of his lecture, which led to the publication of The End of Atlantis a year later.<This was published under slightly different titles, in the UK, The End of Atlantis[120] and in the USA, Lost Atlantis: New Light on an Old Legend [121]. During a panel discussion [122] hosted by Indiana University in 1975, Professor Luce presented his view that Plato’s story was a mixture of fact and fiction.

In his book, The End of Atlantis, highlighted[0120.14] how various Greek myths and legends have been proven to contain historical elements and that consequently Plato’s Atlantis story should be studied with this in mind.

He was of the view that the description of Atlantis closely matched that of  the 16th century BC Minoan empire.

Nevertheless, Peter James in The Sunken Kingdom [047] suggested that Luce’s enthusiastic support for the Minoan Hypothesis had ‘cooled’ when he subsequently wrote ln Edwin Ramage’s Atlantis: Fact or Fiction? [522.67]. “To go further (as I did in The End of Atlantis), and to hypothesise that Plato acquired some garbled information about Minoan Crete from Egyptian sources, is to venture on less firm ground…..A reviewer of my book wrote that there is a ‘sporting chance’ that the Minoan hypothesis is correct. I myself have never put it higher than that.”

Luce encapsulates[120.24] the Atlantis narrative in the following terms; “ I have in mind what Aristotle would call the ‘essential plot’: a great and highly civilised island empire aims at universal domination and is defeated by the early Greeks, especially the Athenians, and later succumbs to a natural cataclysm. On this framework Plato embroiders a large number of remarkable details.” In 1994 Luce wrote a brief paper [123](a) reviewing the Thera evidence in the light of contemporary scientific discoveries.  Luce also suggested that the eruption of Thera was the inspiration behind details in Hesiod’s Theogony[0120.128].

(a   See {Archive 2061}

(b)   See {Archive 2060}