Lost Continent of Atlantis
Through the period since the time of prehistoric Greece, speculations have been told about the unrecalled or lost continent or island of Atlantis. It was thought to be a very large island in the Atlantic Ocean. just west of the Rock of Gibraltar. It was believed to be a perfect place a kind of paradise.
According to legends, Atlantis was a powerful kingdom whose people conquered all South Western Europe and North Western Africa. They were finally defeated by the Athenians from Greece.
The people of the island then became wicked. As a punishment, the island was swallowed up by the ocean. This legend is told in the Timaeus, written in the 300’s B.C. by the Greek philosopher Plato. The island was supposed to have been lost more than 9000 years before Plato’s time.
Legend Of Atlantis
During the Middle Ages, the stories about the lost continent were believed to be true. In the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, many voyages were made to try to find Atlantis. The stories may have come from some true happenings. Perhaps a traveller brought back tales of his discovery of a new and strange land, and in time these became part of the legend of Atlantis.
Surprisingly, today there are few people who strongly believe there was such a place. According to the man who is considered the greatest expert of this lost island by these believers, Atlantis was a place where man first became civilized. He also believes many of the gods worshipped by ancient peoples were really the kings and queens of the lost continent, and that the Atlanteans were the first to manufacture and have an alphabet.