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Atlantis: The Antedeluvian World

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Published: 1882
Language: English
Wordcount: 140,438 / 412 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 45.4
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 14,277 2254

This book is an attempt to demonstrate several distinct and novel propositions. These are:
1. That there once existed in the Atlantic Ocean, opposite the mouth of the Mediterranean Sea, a large island, which was the remnant of an Atlantic continent, and known to the ancient world as Atlantis.
2. That the description of this island given by Plato is not, as has been long supposed, fable, but veritable history.
3. That Atlantis was the region where man first rose from a state of barbarism to civilization.

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g us or among yourselves. As for those genealogies of yours which you have recounted to us, Solon, they are no better than the tales of children; for, in the first place, you remember one deluge only, whereas there were many of them; and, in the next place, you do not know that there dwelt in your land the fairest and noblest race of men which ever lived, of whom you and your whole city are but a seed or remnant. And this was unknown to you, because for many generations the survivors of that destruction died and made no sign. For there was a time, Solon, before that great deluge of all, when the city which now is Athens was first in war, and was preeminent for the excellence of her laws, and is said to have performed the noblest deeds, and to have had the fairest constitution of any of which tradition tells, under the face of heaven.' Solon marvelled at this, and earnestly requested the priest to inform him exactly and in order about these former citizens. 'You are welcome to hear about them, Solon,' said the

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 4.7 from 3 reviews: *****

I read this book after reading the reviews on it. It is very well written. Some of the science in it is noticeably out of date, but that doesn't affect his overall conclusions. I love that his enthusiasm for the subject shows through. Well worth the read.


I picked this book up because B Chons review of it appeared on the recent reviews page and it sounded interesting. It sat on my PDA for a while unread but once I started reading it I couldn't put it down. What I'm trying to say is even if you've no interest in Atlantis give this book a try, you might find yourself caught up in the mystery.

B Chon

This book is miscategorized. Science fiction it is NOT. It is one of the best documented pieces of scientific research you may ever see, and published before 1900 when things like that mattered. Admittedly, not everyone will agree with its suppositions. I happen to find it very compelling, well written and plausible. See for yourself!



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