Atlantis Myth

1084 Words5 Pages
Imagine an entire civilization being destroyed in single apocalyptic event that was capable of eradicating almost all traces of an advanced civilization. This advanced civilization was Atlantis, and it has never been found. There is still today much debate concerning if it ever even existed. Many people believe that Plato completely fabricated the myth, and that it never existed; others believe it exists and has yet to be been found. Despite the extreme number of claims that Plato invented the entire story of Atlantis, there is undeniable proof that it was clearly based on the ancient Minoan civilization as the Minoans were advanced like the Atlantians, they had a radial island structure similar to that described, and they were destroyed in…show more content…
First, Atlantis was depicted as being an extremely advanced, naval, militaristic civilization, which frequently feuded with the Egyptians and the Greeks. The Minoans were well known as being a naval power as they controlled and lived in a central island in the middle of the Mediterranean. In addition to their strategic location, they also were very advanced carpenters and ship builders. In addition to matching the aquatic aspect of the description, they were also advanced in many other ways. For example, the Minoans were the first Mediterranean country to use a written language that was called Linear A. Additionally, they were also the first to make paved roads (“Fall of the Minoans"). Furthermore, the Minoans were also known be a militaristic country that was known to have had dealings with both the Egyptians and the other countries along the northern coast of the Mediterranean. This clearly shows the unmistakably cultural similarities between the two…show more content…
The monumental nature of Atlantis’s destruction is described in several phases. It is said that each phase consisted of ground shaking tremors, eruptions, or an onslaught of waves which all lead up to the complete destruction of the utopia. Although it is hard to believe, these exact circumstances happened to the Minoan people. First, there were several earthquakes preceding the eruptions of the most powerful volcano in history (“Fall of the Minoans"). The Thera eruption was four times more powerful than the Krakatoa eruption of 1988 (Nardo 74). This then continued raining down ash, soot, and pumice until the volcanic chamber was void of magma. At this point, it then collapsed inwards creating monstrous tidal waves that are speculated to have been big enough to wash over the entire island in several feet of water. This is likely what gave the illusion of the sinking of Atlantis. This eruption was not just enough to kill tens of thousands of people; it was strong enough to reshape the land around it. Furthermore, this eruption was the direct cause of the downfall of the entire Minoan civilization just as it was the Atlantian civilization. It is impossible to mistake the catastrophic scale of an eruption this size for anything else other than the destroyer of
Open Document