An A-Z Guide To The Search For Plato's Atlantis

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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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    Joining The Dots

    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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Voltaire (1694-1778) was the nom de plume of  François-Marie Arouet, who was Voltaire, détail du visage (château de Ferney)a prominent French philosopher and a prolific writer on a wide range of subjects with an estimated output of more than 2,000 books and pamphlets and 20,000 letters.

Jean Sylvain Bailly wrote a series of letters addressed to Voltaire on the subject of Atlantis, an English translation of which has been published by the British Library[926] .

However, it appears that Voltaire was somewhat sceptical about the existence of Atlantis remarking in Essai sur le moeurs[1504] that “ if it were true that such a part of the world ever existed. Most likely it was none other than the island of Madeira.”

Anyone researching Atlantis might be advised to remember Voltaire’s aphorism which states that while “doubt is not a pleasant mental state, certainty is an absurd one.”