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... according to what facts Santorini is NOT Atlantis? PDF Print E-mail

The myth of the lost civilization of Atlantis has attracted the attention and speculation of several eminent personalities over the centuries
The legend of Atlantis, after several years' dormancy in imagination of the broader public, has begun to make something of a comeback in recent years and many places in the world want Atlantis history for themselves.

1. All the evidence shows, that Plato's Atlantis account is beyond a reasonable doubt entirely fictional-a utopian myth concocted to vividly illustrate Plato's political philosophy.
Plato's dialogues expound his philosophy and have some peculiar features. One of these features is the use of extraordinary tales asserted as truth in order to vividly express his ideas. Towards the end of the Gorgias, for example, Socrates retells a story of the Isles of the Blessed and Tartarus (Greek versions of Heaven and Hell), and prefaces it thus: "Listen, then, as story-tellers say, to a very pretty tale, which I dare say that you may be disposed to regard as a fable only, but which, as I believe, is a true tale, for I mean to speak the truth".
The Timaeus, as mentioned above, is the sequel to the Republic-Plato's major dialogue on the nature of the ideal society and its governance. In laying out the practices of forming the ideal state and citizenry, Plato discusses the tools to be employed in education of the youth. One tool is the use of totally fabricated stories, presented to the youth as true history.

In addition, In Plato's own time two cities near Athens were destroyed by giant waves, sinking coastal land, and earthquakes. He did not have to depend on 1000-year-old memories for the idea that a city could disappear beneath the sea. As a soldier he surely had heard that a year before he was born, an earthquake and gigantic waves destroyed ships and a military outpost that the city of Athens built on the small island of Atalant?. This area continues to experience a sinking coastline, the last sudden sinking happening during a 1894 earthquake. When Plato was 55, an earthquake destroyed the city of Helice, only 40 miles from Athens. Parts of the coastline sunk enough to submerge the trees that grew there. It was said that the waves that smashed into Helice swept the city so clean that people who arrived to bury the dead could find no one left to bury.

Plato wrote about Atlantis when he was over 70, at the end of a rich life that would have given him plenty of material to draw upon. The Atlantis story was probably a combination of legends and bits of history woven together? Whatever it took to create a memorable lesson

2. Kritias was quite clear about date of Atlantis (9000 years before his time).

3. Kritias was also clear about the location: it lay in the ocean outside of the Pillars of Hercules. The claim of Atlantis's location is fairly precise: The Mediterranean is the "haven" with a "narrow entrance," i.e., the pillars of Hercules. Atlantis lies outside of the Mediterranean "at a distant point" in the Atlantic ocean.

4. The size is wrong. Atlantis was a continent, not an island, like Santorini was.

5. The Minoans did not disappear after the Santorini disaster. Egyptian records show normal trade continued with the Minoans long after the Santorini explosion.


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    During the 7th Thessaloniki International Wine Competition (5-7 March 2007) in the framework of DETROP-OINOS exhibition, Santorini Wines received 13 awards.


    Among 683 samples from Greece, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Cyprus, France, Austria, Brasil, Mexico, and Canada wine experts have given:

    Grand Gold Award to
    Vinsanto 4 years aged,1999 vintage by Santowines


  • Magazine "Archaeometry", and BioEd Online articles are reporting that the roof paintings of a 2-level building in prehistoric Akrotiri site, have an extreem interest about the mathematical knowledge during the Bronze Age.