‘The legend of Atlantis is perhaps the most intriguing mystery of all time. Ever since Plato’s fabulous account over 2350 years ago of an island empire set in the Atlantic ocean, philosophers, explorers, explorers and historians have been enticed and frustrated by the search for the elusive truth behind the myth.’
Some books like the Erich Von Daniken’s downright hilarious Chariots of the Gods give revisionist history a bad name and make it a laughing stock to be easily dismissed by scholars everywhere, as a silly flight of fancy that should be ignored. Every so often though a few books do raise interesting questions or bring to the fore an interesting theory…
So with this type of book, I’ve learned to tread a little warily, it’s usually a question of working out what arguments, if any, the author is ignoring and leaving out in order for his expounded theory to fit the facts.
Gateway to Atlantis though, avoids this by interpreting myths and oral histories, looking at geographical and geological information as well as making logical surmises based on ethnic, linguistic, cartographical and historical analysis. In short he bases his theories on actual recorded fact, not hear say.
Atlantis is the basis for countless – unless you have lots of time on your hands – books and films. The romance of its dramatic sinking, makes this a more exciting study than any other mythological and plain made up place. I think it is the intrinsic nature of humans to wonder, to continually question and seek out the answers to interesting and sometimes downright pointless questions, like do tortoises yawn?
They say that all myth contains at least a grain of truth and whilst Avalon, Mu, Lemuria and El Dorado, etc are fascinating to read about, they lack the mysterious nature of the Atlantean people. In this book, you people of an enquiring mind will discover a compelling theory that reaches over continents and back in time encompassing some well-known as well as the more obscurer civilisations.
As well as the location of Atlantis being discussed there is also discussion on the ultimate cause of the disaster and the subsequent dating of the cataclysm, the aftermath of the disaster, what happened to the survivors and how that had an effect on the ancient world and its peoples.
It’s by no means a quick read, the author is very in-depth and convincing with his arguments, everything seems plausible and not shoe horned into a theory that ignores certain contradictory bits. He establishes a solid base for his ideas and also looks at other researchers’ works on the subject as well. The result is a solid effort and a fine edition to Atlantis literature that will provoke debate and fire more than a few imaginations.
I can’t say if this is the definitive Atlantis book as I haven’t read that many, what I will say in its favour though, is that there are no theories about aliens propounded, no strange leaps of something akin to logic, just a book that patiently builds up a theory and is worth a look to anyone interested in the subjects of myths and history.
Whether this idea or indeed any of the others prove to be true or not, we may never know unless archaeological evidence ever shows up but it’s great to muse on such dramatic thoughts and romantic notions of hitherto undiscovered Peoples. In this world of instant knowledge at our finger tips it is great to know that there are still mysteries to be solved.