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Atlantis.

Posted by Lois Eliason on August 09, 2011 0 Comments

“Now in this island of Atlantis there was a great and wonderful empire which had rule over the whole island and several others, and over parts of the continent… This vast power, gathered into one, endeavored to subdue at a blow our country and yours and the whole of the region…She was pre-eminent in courage and military skill… And when the rest fell off from her, being compelled to stand alone, after having undergone the very extremity of danger, she defeated and triumphed over the invaders. But afterwards there occurred violent earthquakes and floods; and in a single day and night of misfortune all your warlike men in a body sank into the earth, and the island of Atlantis in like manner disappeared in the depths of the sea.

The city and citizens, which you [yesterday] described to us in fiction, we will now transfer to the world of reality…”

-From Plato’s Timaeus (360 B.C.E)

 

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