Explore the Atlantis legend from its beginning and see its long journey through time and history that saw its ancient origins in Libya and its transmission through generations carried to other lands the people of Libya were forced to migrate such as Egypt via the mother deity Neith who was the creator deity of the ancient world.
Atlantis was among the legendary myths carried by the Libyan peoples and the varied creation myths and legends were oracular before being recorded by the sacred priests and priestesses of the sacred temple of Neith in Sais Egypt.
It was these creation myths and legends that contained historical memories of a lost culture and world that were recorded and retained in the library archives of Sais.
Solon the lawgiver of Athens travelled the world looking for a blueprint to a perfect state he considered Athens to be capable if it was brave enough to make the reforms to become a better city state.
He stayed in Sais and studied and listened to the sacred priests and priestesses on hearing the tale of Atlantis he was left in shock it was a tale of a lost world one in which Atlantis was the leading power this culture ruled over several islands but also over varied lands on the coastlines of the Mediterranean world.
Athens was like the rest of that worlds city states and peoples subject to the power of the seafaring empire that ruled the ancient high seas and trade routes.
It was this tale that Solon returned back to Athens several years later and one he kept close using references in brief political speeches in Athens and his political poems promoting the Greek world.
He had left the main work he penned on the legend of Atlantis within the family and we he passes away the varied poems and works were retained within the family.
Solon was an ancestor of Plato and it was through the family that the works were retained and eventually came to be known to Plato.
He was to study the tales and works and then rewrite in his own style the Atlantis we see today the Atlantis of Plato penned in his work Timaeus and Critias.
Both versions had preserved and enhanced the Atlantis legend yet they also had to retain the truth held within the tales it is these truths that have inspired and influenced thousands and thousands of people over many generations and today still captures the imagination of new generations.
History and Archaeology owes a great debt to those who recorded the oracular tales and captured on clay tablets and later writing canvasses the lost world and culture of Atlantis.
It presented a mystery a puzzle that needed to be investigated and it would be reanimated by the future discoveries of Arthur Evans on Crete and Spyridon Marinatos on Santorini.
Varied new sites had been discovered on Crete they had all led to greater interest in the past and Archaeology and History.
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