For years, dreamers, occultists, and New Agers have been attracted by the idea of Atlantis, the "lost" island subcontinent frequently imagined as an advanced, utopian society holding wisdom that may bring world peace. Thousands of books, journals, and websites have been written on Atlantis, and it is still a popular topic. People have lost riches, and in some cases their lives, in search of Atlantis. If you type "Atlantis" into Google, around 150 million results will show up. Obviously, Plato's legend of Atlantis has long engaged many individuals, from scientists to mythicists, with various locations being offered as the likely location of this lost and sunken metropolis. But did such a city ever exist? And, if so, where would the ruins be? Is it possible, though, that it has already been there in front of us in one of the most unlikely places on the planet? In the middle of the Sahara Desert? Stay with us until the end to learn how a recent discovery indicated that Atlantis could be located in the Sahara Desert!
Unlike many myths whose beginnings have been lost in the mists of time, we know exactly when and where the legend of Atlantis initially originated. The story was initially described in two of Plato's dialogues, "Timaeus" and "Critias," which were written around 360 B.C. Though Atlantis is commonly imagined as a peaceful utopia today, the Atlantis described by Plato in his fable was quite different. In his book "Encyclopedia of Dubious Archaeology," professor of archaeology Ken Feder notes that in Plato's story, "Atlantis is not a place to be honored or emulated at all. Atlantis is not the perfect society ... Quite the contrary, Atlantis is the embodiment of a materially wealthy, technologically advanced, and militarily powerful nation that has become corrupted by its wealth, sophistication, and might." The Atlantis legend, as propagated in Plato's morality tale, is more about the city's heroic competitor Athens than a drowned civilization; if Atlantis existed today and was discovered undamaged and inhabited, its inhabitants would most likely strive to kill and enslave us all. There are no other records of Atlantis anywhere in the world, indicating that Plato invented it as a plot device for his writings. There are many existing Greek works; certainly, someone else would have mentioned, at the very least, such a magnificent location. There is absolutely no evidence from any source that Atlantis mythology existed prior to Plato's writing about it.
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