This book though is more than just the Atlantis myth its also a window into how the mechanics of the world were viewed in the ancient world.
Plato always intended for his works to be read by everyone so made them more literary than thesis. Both parts – The Timaeus and Critias being seperate – are written as conversations allowing Plato to play both sides of the argument, this makes it accessible to anyone and easy to follow.
The Timaeus is the larger of the two parts and after a brief mention of Atlantis and its location it gets down to the business of mapping out our world and the heavens beyond with a look at Astronomy, human physiology, religion and metaphysics to name but a few.
The Critias is just a fragment that was never finished by Plato, indeed finishes midsentence, which always adds to the drama. this of course is the more popular of the two with the story of Atlantis, its peoples, customs, architecture and politics of this utopia.
Be in legend or myth – and lets face it half the fun is in not knowing – Plato has created a fascinating society, an allegory, if you will for, of a wise, noble and technologically advanced race. Naturally this race then get greedy and start to do all the despicable things that society does and ends up on the road to its watery demise.
Although it’s endlessly Interesting to see how wrong these pseudo historians misread or blatantly choose to misinterpret Plato, it’s much more than that it is also a look at the world from a different perspective, through the science of theory, when they lacked the tools of this technological age. It’s these feats of mental ingenuity and rules set down by by Plato and the other Greek natural philosophers that became integral for our understanding of the sciences.