Atlantis: expert reveals ‘evidence’ of Plato’s lost city
The mythical island was first described by the Greek writer in his texts “Timaeus” and “Critias”, considered as an antagonistic naval power that besieged “ancient Athens”. In the story, Athens fends off the Atlantean attack unlike any other nation in the known world, supposedly testifying to the superiority of ancient Greece. The legend ends with Atlantis falling out of favor with the deities and sinking into this believed to be the Atlantic Ocean.
But, Christos Djonis, the author of “Atlantis Revealed”, has an alternative theory and it’s thanks to a coin discovered over 20 years ago.
The researcher thinks the story of Atlantis was a handed down Greek legend, like the palace of Knossos and the city of Troy – but he also thinks his inspiration may have been drawn from the Americas.
Speaking in a YouTube video on the Ancient Origins channel, he said last month: “Many scholars and researchers also show that the correct translation of Plato’s text places Atlantis in the Mediterranean and not in the Atlantic or in another exotic place.
“It is conceivable to admit that the ancient Greeks, around the fourth century BC, knew the American continent from across the Atlantic.
The coin depicts what is believed to be Atlantis
Plato describes Atlantis
“About 20 years ago, in 1996, Mark McMenamin, a professor of geology, discovered and interpreted a series of enigmatic markings on the reverse of a Carthaginian gold coin minted in 350 BC as an ancient map of the world.
“In the center of this world map there is a clear representation of the Mediterranean basin, an image to the right of this is interpreted to represent Asia, while the image to the left is interpreted to represent the American continent.
“Professor McMenamin also found that all known specimens of this type of coin formed the same type of world map.”
Mr. Djonis went on to reveal how there is other evidence for this theory.
He added: “What is most interesting about this discovery is that this particular coin was minted in the same decade when Plato unveiled the history of Atlantis and revealed that there was a large continent in front of the Pillars of Hercules.
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“The Piri Reis world map, named after its creator – a Turkish admiral and renowned cartographer – drawn in 1513, nearly two decades after the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus, depicts the west coast of Africa, the Europe, as well as the entire America continent on the Atlantic site.
“According to Piri Reis, however, his controversial map was based on several maps, many of which dated back to the 4th century BC.
“Although it does not approximate a satellite image, it still depicts the continents on both sides of the Atlantic, although it does show the Horn of Africa turning sharply to the east, almost at an angle of 90 degrees.
“Some speculate that the horizontal body of this earth could be that of Antarctica, causing controversy, as it was not discovered until 300 years later.”
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Peri Reis mapped the world
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If the map were borrowed from other ancient interpretations, it would strengthen the suggestion that Plato was aware of the American continent.
But, according to Mr Djonis, there is further evidence that the ancient Greeks were more aware of the world around them than previously thought.
He added: “Additional clues, however, suggest not only that the ancient Greeks knew of North America across the Atlantic, but it appears that they also knew of the region around the Arctic Circle – in essence, the broken bridge that connects northern Europe to North America.
“They called this land Hyperborea, a Greek word meaning ‘far north’.
“While skeptics would no doubt reject this suggestion, it is interesting to note that the Greeks believed that Hyperborea was unspoilt territory so far north of Greece, where the sun never set.
“Of course, the only place due north where the sun shines continuously, at least six months a year, is the region above the Arctic Circle, territory obviously difficult to access, especially during the winter months.
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“Coincidentally, the poet Pindar wrote that ‘neither by boat nor on foot would you find the marvelous road to the assembly of the Hyperboreans,’ a statement which further corroborates the inaccessibility of this region.”
Mr. Djonis went on to explain how the ancient Greeks were famous for telling stories of real places shrouded in mythical elements.
He continued: “Such were, among others, the palace of Knossos, the city of Troy and Mount Olympus, but what of Hyperborea? Is it possible that the Greeks managed to sail so far north, or was this knowledge passed on to them by others, like the Minoans perhaps?
“If, according to historians, the Bronze Age Minoans of 4,000 years ago often traveled as far as Scotland and the Orkney Islands to trade goods, is it inconceivable to assume that over the time, they may have finally reached Greenland, only a few small islands stops?
“If these ancient navigators managed to reach Greenland by passing from island to island, then is it possible to assume that they could have gone a little further and finally reached North America, which, in essence, is just around the corner?
Atlantis: expert reveals ‘evidence’ of Plato’s lost city
“If not, where did thousands of tons of copper disappear from the Great Lakes region in the Bronze Age? More importantly, how did the spices, plants and insects native only to America end up in Santorini around the period of 1600 BC.
“An excavation in the ancient city of Akrotiri on the island of Santorini has revealed that a tobacco beetle, an insect native to America at the time, was found buried under the volcanic ash of the eruption of 1600 BC, but tobacco was not introduced to Europeans until around 1518 AD, as the story claims.
While today’s philologists and classics agree that the story is fictional, there is still debate over what served as the inspiration.
As for example with the story of Gyges, Plato is known to have freely borrowed some of his allegories and metaphors from older traditions.
This has led a number of scholars to investigate the possible inspiration of Atlantis from Egyptian records of the Thera eruption, the Sea Peoples invasion, or the Trojan War.
Others have dismissed this chain of traditions as implausible and insist that Plato created an entirely fictional nation as its example, drawing inspiration from contemporary events such as the failed Athenian invasion of Sicily in 415 – 413 BC or the destruction of Helike in 373 BC.