Professor Christopher Gill is a classical Greek scholar who has published many works including a volume on Plato’s Atlantis story. Professor Gill supports a totally mythological basis for the tale of Atlantis. He has also written the foreword to The Atlantis Secret by Alan Alford, which is available on the Internet(a).
On April Fools’ Day, 2017, Gill published an updated and revised version of his Atlantis book, entitled Plato’s Atlantis Story – Text, Translation and Commentary . Thorwald C. Franke has written a highly critical review of this latest offering from Gill(b).
Franke has also taken issue with the level of Gill’s support for the sceptical views of Sarah Broadie relating to Plato’s Atlantis, who wrote that “the Athens-Atlantis story is fiction, and clearly intended as such.” In his Newsletter No.102 (Sept.2017), Franke describes Broadie’s hypothesis as “an orgy of errors”(c).
Alan F. Alford (1961 – 2011) like many others, including your compiler, was fascinated by the ‘ancient astronaut’ theories of Erich von Däniken and Zechariah Sitchin(e). This led to a compulsive interest in the mysteries of mankind’s early history.
Following extensive travel and study Alford written several books on this subject, beginning with Gods of the New Millennium,>that offered full-blooded support for Sitchin’s gods from Nibiru (Planet X)!< This is now available to be read online(d).
>His second book The Phoenix Solution , saw Alford begin a softening of his view of Sitchin’s ‘ancient astronaut’ concepts [p.396] and publish a partial retraction of his earlier views on the Internet. It was in ‘Phoenix’ that his interest in the theory of an exploded planet developed. In the same book, his evolving ideas regarding Atlantis brought him to consider more intently an exploded planet solution [p.391].<
In his third book, When the Gods Came Down, Alford appears to advocate the Exploded Planet Hypothesis as the underlying inspiration behind the ancient religions of mankind including Judaism and Christianity. This view might be compared with a book by Graham Phillips who proposes a close encounter with a large comet as the stimulant for the introduction of a range of monotheistic religions.
In The Atlantis Secret Alford expounded the view that the whole Platonic tale is firmly grounded in mythology alone(f).>Alford has suggested that the Greek gods were personifications of cataclysmic events.<The renowned classical Greek scholar Prof. Christopher Gill of Exeter University, who wrote the foreword to the book, supports his views on Atlantis.
Alford then turned his attention to the Pyramids and in his later books Alford promoted a theory “that the Great Pyramid’s King’s Chamber had been designed to capture Earth resonance and generate low-frequency sound, which it then broadcast via its ‘airshafts’ in order to celebrate the myth of creation.”
His earlier views regarding the Garden of Eden in a 1997 article(b) is worth a read as was his official website(a) that covered his ideas extensively.
Wikipedia also has a useful entry for Alford(c).
His untimely death in November 2011 came as a shock as he was just 50 years old.
(b) See Archive 2224
(e) https://www.eridu.co.uk/Author/human_origins/AAS_Intro2/Sitchin_Message/sitchin_message.html (link broken July 2018) (See Archive 3489)