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Atlantis Destroyed - Rodney Castleden

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Published: 9th April 1998
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Plato's legend of Atlantis has become notorious among scholars as the most absurd lie in literature. Partially dismissed because of the philosopher's eclipsing reputation in the twentieth century in conjunction with Nazi adoption of the Atlantis allegory, "Atlantis" "Destroyed" explores how Plato's account can be perceived as historically true.
Since its mention first in "Timaeus" and then "Critias, " Atlantis has hovered between fable and folk tale, taken as history by some and acknowledged as allegory by others. In this fascinating book, Rodney Castleden theorizes how the tale of Atlantis is not one piece of identifiable proto-history, but several, and that Plato's story was really a parable told to comment on the state of the world in his own times.
The author incorporates the latest findings on Knossos (in Crete) and Thera, the two islands long considered the "real" site of Atlantis. In examining Minoan civilization, Castleden discusses the material culture, trade empire and agricultural system, writing and wall paintings, art, religion and society, providing a comprehensive picture of the islands during the Bronze Age. His research demonstrates for the reader parallels between Plato's narrative and Aegean civilization which might indicate the geographical place of Atlantis.
Just as Plato's story of a land swallowed up by the sea sought to entertain, improve and exalt, "Atlantis Destroyed" will captivate readers the world over with the telling of how a myth was made.

"Castleden's book offers a thorough and attractively illustrated discussion of Thera in particular and Minoan culture in general...." -Religious Studies Review, April 2001 "A fine synthesis of Atlantis-related research, with a good number of intelligent, provoking speculations and an insightful consider of Plato's myth-making talents.." -Kirkus Reviews

List of illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgements and prefacep. xiii
'All the island and many other islands also'p. 1
The Atlantis legendp. 1
Thera: a window onto Atlantisp. 8
Eruption after eruptionp. 10
Preludes to discoveryp. 14
The folklore traditionp. 14
Nineteenth-century glimpses of a Minoan pastp. 15
The backdrop of the Cycladesp. 17
Bronze age Knossosp. 23
Bronze age Athensp. 28
Thera: the second rediscoveryp. 32
The discovery of Ayia Irinip. 32
Mavor and Marinatosp. 34
The dig at Akrotiri beginsp. 38
The bronze age city of Thera emergesp. 43
'I see with the eyes of my soul ...'p. 43
Architecture of a Late Cycladic cityp. 46
The island: bronze age Therap. 55
Atlantean arts and craftsp. 58
Potteryp. 58
Stonep. 59
Metal-workingp. 60
Textilesp. 60
Furniturep. 64
Theran food and tradep. 66
Agriculture and pastoralismp. 66
Tradep. 67
Shipsp. 75
Writing and wall-paintingp. 80
Writingp. 80
Wall-paintingsp. 82
Frescoes of Building 6 (the House of the Ladies)p. 84
Frescoes of Building 11 (Block Beta)p. 86
Frescoes of Building 12 (Block Delta)p. 89
Art, religion and societyp. 90
A panorama of Atlantisp. 90
Growing upp. 99
The last days of Akrotirip. 114
After the eruptionp. 126
Atlantis destroyedp. 134
The Minoan trading empire as Atlantisp. 134
The Knossos Labyrinth as the Atlantean Temple of Poseidonp. 137
Plato and truthp. 147
Plato and Sicilyp. 154
Plato and Spartap. 160
The source of the Atlantis storyp. 164
Deconstruction of Atlantisp. 172
The Old Atlantisp. 172
The New Atlantisp. 182
Dating the Thera eruption: a major controversyp. 191
Notesp. 193
Bibliographyp. 205
Indexp. 219
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ISBN: 9780415165396
ISBN-10: 0415165393
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 9th April 1998
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.08 x 16.23  x 2.01
Weight (kg): 0.61
Edition Number: 1