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Plato Meets the Meteorite: Solon, Egypt and Atlantis February 22, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
Plato Meets the Meteorite: Solon, Egypt and Atlantis

***Dedicated to ANL who sent this in*** The story is well-known and comes in Plato’s Timaeus. Solon, the law-giver, has travelled to Egypt and there, in the city of Sais, he speaks to one old priest, who tell him how 9,000 years before a power named Atlantis had fought against Europe and Asia. These passages […]

Atlantean ‘Flying Boats’ February 7, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Modern
Atlantean 'Flying Boats'

Beachcombing sometimes likes to jot down contents lists for books that he will never write: a further rather melancholy contribution to his Invisible Library collection. He has recently been playing around with Old Atlantis: A Miscellany of Atlantean Madness. The work would have three parts: a bibliography of every book every written on the lost Continent – […]

Atlantis in the Far East January 15, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Contemporary
Atlantis in the Far East

Naive Beachcombing set out in an earlier post his ambition to create a list of all the locations in the world that have been claimed over the years as the ‘true’ Atlantis. However, while writing this piece over Christmas he ran into a problem that he had not frankly anticipated. There are just so many places that […]

Plato’s Atlantis after Plato January 7, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
Plato's Atlantis after Plato

    Was or wasn’t Atlantis a creation of Plato (obit 347/348 BC)? In antiquity as today – see Beachcombing’s previous ravings – there were competing views with the majority including Poseidonius and Aristotle (or pseudo-Aristotle?) believing it a myth. Aristotle as a student of Plato has particular authority and his opinion reported in Strabo unnerves […]

Atlantis: myth and history and type C mysteries December 11, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
Atlantis: myth and history and type C mysteries

Beachcombing wrote a post about pre-Platonic Atlantis a few days ago and he also confessed, in another post, to having a general Atlantis itch this December. Then late last night he woke up sweating with what he can only describe as an Atlantis epiphany. True, Beachcombing has not yet discovered the lost continent in the environs of Little Snoring, his […]

Plato’s Atlantis Before Plato December 5, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
Plato's Atlantis Before Plato

Ah Atlantis… Say the word to a marine biologist, whose marriage has just ended, or a billionaire at a loose end and the chances are that they will go running off and find Plato’s mysterious continent in Bolivia or Ireland… Indeed, almost every region, island and country in the western hemisphere – including Bolivia and Ireland… […]