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Atlantis is generally considered to be a mythical story about an advanced and highly successful civilization which thought it would reign supreme over the rest of the world indefinitely until it suddenly sank beneath the waves. The story of Atlantis is usually interpreted as an allegorical legend relating to the inevitable collapse of great civilizations, but could it be that the myth is grounded in fact? According to James Cameron, who has produced and directed a new documentary on the topic, it is likely that Atlantis was a real place.
James Cameron tries to discover the lost city of Atlantis
The lost civilization of Atlantis has been a subject of fierce debate for more than two thousand years among prominent figures in philosophy, history, and archaeology. The only thing that modern day academics seem to agree on when it comes to the legendary city is that the first written documentation relating to it was relayed by the philosopher, Plato.
Plato wrote that Atlantis stood head and shoulders ahead of the rest of the world because of its association with the god Poseidon and his son Atlas who was anointed its king. The Atlanteans became one of the most powerful nations in the world through their military prowess and their extraordinarily advanced technology. This led to them becoming a dominant imperial power that conquered the entirety of Africa and a significant portion of Europe. However, the region was struck with a series of violent earthquakes and floods in the course of a single day and night. Plato writes that Atlantis was then ‘swallowed up by the Earth and the island of Atlantis…disappeared into the depths of the sea, ’ an act he attributed to divine retribution.
Plato was writing thousands of years after Atlantis apparently stood as a dominant world power. He received his information about the legendary city through the oral tradition. As the story passed to Plato through this method, one might expect it to contain embellishments and fictional elements. However, it does not necessarily follow that this means the entire story is a fabrication. Could it be that Atlantis really existed?
Getting to the truth of the matter is the goal of director James Cameron whose team used Plato’s texts in a bid to reveal where the lost city of Atlantis could have stood. The documentary takes viewers to some locations hoping to uncover significant clues that would indicate that an incredible and sophisticated civilization is lying beneath the waves.
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