The Lost City of Atlantis. One of the Western World’s most famous tales. Many people dismiss the story as a myth. But what is interesting about the story of Atlantis is that it was recorded by the great philosopher Plato and that he is the only written source on this story. The debate over whether or not Atlantis is real or fiction stretches back to Plato’s death back in 347 BC! Plato claimed that the story was true and the he heard the story from reputable sources. However, even Plato’s famous student Aristotle expressed doubts about Atlantis being a real place with the quote, “He who invented Atlantis also destroyed it”.
Follow Mark Adams around the world as he interviews people that have studied the lost city of Atlantis. Some people insist that Atlantis is a legitimate place and that they know the precise location of it. Other people that speak with Mark Adams are scholars and are less inclined to believe that Atlantis was a real location. Whether you personally believe in Atlantis or not, you cannot help but be fascinated by the theories that people come up with.
Mark Adams travels to various locations, being shown evidence and possibly proof, that Atlantis existed. You may think this sounds tedious, but Adams is able to make his journey sound like an exciting adventure. Much more exciting than Indiana Jones! One of the first places that he visits is Ireland, home of the Atlantipedia. The Atlantipedia is similar to Wikipedia, except in this case, the entire web site is devoted to information on Atlantis. Of course, Mark eventually travels to the Mediterranean and to Greece, home of Plato. On the way to Greece, he stops at the Straits of Gibraltar. Many people believe that this is Plato’s site for the Pillars of Heracles. And yet, some have placed the Pillars of Heracles in North America!
Even if the Lost City of Atlantis is not something that usually captures your attention, you will find yourself engrossed in this story. After all, the city of Troy has been discovered. Perhaps Atlantis really existed. Maybe someone will uncover it. Or, perhaps it has already been found but we need to find the evidence that links it to Plato’s story. Anyone that loves the Classics, Greek Mythology, Archaeology, and/or adventure will enjoy this book.
Meet Me in Atlantis: My Obsessive Quest to Find the Sunken City is available in print and in audiobook.