Top 10 Theories about the Lost City of Atlantis


Ever since the famed Greek philosopher Plato first wrote of a fabled continent called Atlantis more than two thousand years ago, scholars have been locked in fierce debate as to whether such a place truly existed. While a few rare individuals have taken Plato’s words seriously, most scoff at the idea that an advanced civilization could vanish as completely as if it had never existed. Such is a bit like imagining an elephant could walk through a snowdrift without leaving footprints, making it easy to ignore the entire subject and write it off as yet another example of New Age pseudo-science or, at best, an fantastic and historically indefensible fable. And this is not an unreasonable position either. After all, Plato described the place as being as large as Libya (an ancient term for North Africa) and Asia combined, making one reasonably confident it should be hard to miss. And yet no one has managed to produce as much as a coral reef that might have marked its ancient shoreline, much less an entire submerged continent. But the search continues and, if anything, appears to be growing in both scale and sophistication until today it has become something of a technological/historical holy grail for the twenty-first century.

Did Atlantis exist, and if it did, where could it have been? While no one can answer that question with any degree of certainty—though some attempt to—there are quite a few competing theories out there to consider. Some of them are more plausible than others—and a few even have some support from the scientific community—but all of them are just guesses. So now, without further ado, here is my list, in no particular order, of the top ten theories regarding the lost continent of Atlantis.

10. Accounts of Atlantis are fictional

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The traditional position maintained by most scientists and historians over the years is that Plato’s account of a fabulously wealthy city as told in the Critias and Timaeus was merely a fictional story designed to both entertain and enlighten his readers as to the dangers of hubris and turning one’s back on the gods, and was never intended to be interpreted as an account of a real place or real events. Evidence for this is suggested by the fact that Plato tells us the island was given to the Greek god Poseidon, who fell in love with the beautiful daughter of Atlantis’ first king—named, not coincidentally I suspect, Atlas—and begat numerous children by her, to whom he promptly parceled out parts of the island to. He also tells us the Atlanteans were defeated by an alliance of Greek and Eastern Mediterranean peoples around 12,000 years ago—thousands of years before the earliest civilizations even emerged in the region—making the entire story unlikely to say the least. The question, then, is that if we are compelled to take any of the story as true, aren’t we logically obligated to accept everything—including a procreating god and a skewed timeline—as true as well? Does give one pause to wonder.

9. Atlantis was fictional but the accounts of a world-wide Deluge were true

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Plato makes numerous references to a great deluge occurring thousands of years before his time that destroyed almost the whole world, leaving only a tiny fragment of humanity left to repopulate the globe and start civilization anew. The story of Atlantis, then, while itself a manifestation of Plato’s fertile imagination, may have been inspired by a real historical event—in this case, a massive global flood—that may have taken place ten thousand years before he was born. Could this be some distant memory of the end of the last Ice Age, when global ocean levels rose by hundreds of feet in just a few centuries, submerging entire landmasses in the process, embellished through each retelling, or could it have been something else (such as a meteor strike in the ocean that produced enormous devastation throughout the world?)

8. Atlantis was a continent that existed in the mid-Atlantic as was destroyed by natural catastrophes

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For the purest, this remains the traditional understanding and the one originally postulated by nineteenth century writer and Atlantisphile Ignatius Donnelly in his 1882 book, Atlantis, the Antediluvian World, who imagined the Atlantic Ocean to be no more than a few hundred feet deep and prone to occasional vertical shifting. Since so little was known about the ocean in his day, his theory was considered plausible by many at the time—at least until the advent of modern oceanography, when it was determined that the Atlantic was up to five miles deep in spots and not prone towards creating massive continents. While this essentially torpedoed poor Ignatius’ hypothesis as far as science was concerned, some continue to hold to it with great tenacity largely because of Plato’s insistence that the place existed just outside the “Pillars of Hercules” (an ancient term for the modern Straits of Gibraltar), implying that it had to lie somewhere in the mid Atlantic.

7. Plato was referring to the ancient Minoans and the explosion of the volcanic island of Thera

An increasingly popular theory concerning the true nature of Atlantis—and one that has some acceptance within the scientific community—is that Plato was referring to a people native to the modern Greek island of Crete known as the Minoans, who were largely wiped out when the nearby volcanic island of Thera (known today as Santorini) erupted in 1600 BCE, producing  tsunamis large enough to obliterate a number of Minoan coastal cities and do considerable damage around the entire Mediterranean basin. Such a spectacular and massive catastrophe, obviously at the hands of displeased Gods, would have been remembered in the annals of Egyptian history to ultimately find its way into the mythology of Plato’s day over a thousand years later. The hypothesis, then, is that Plato was referring to that very catastrophe in a somewhat idealized form, the descriptions of Atlantis’ vast resources and power unavoidably exaggerated or embellished with the retelling over the years and innocently passed on by the Greek philosopher.

6. Atlantis was a mythical retelling of the Black Sea flood

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Another theory that has been recently postulated—and again has some support among scientists—is that Atlantis and the “great Deluge” told of by Plato was a mythologized account of another historical event that took place thousands of years before Plato was born: the breaching of the Bosporus by the Mediterranean Sea and the flooding of the Black Sea around 5,600 BCE. It has been demonstrated that a number of civilizations may have flourished on the shore of the Black Sea (then a fresh water lake half its present size) at the time, only to find it all immersed under hundreds of feet of sea water in a fairly short time (some estimates placing it at less than a year). Such an event would have likely had a traumatic effect on the people of the region, who would have been scattered by the event. As they escaped the rising waters and emigrated to other regions, each would have carried with them their own highly mythologized account of the flood that came upon them practically overnight, creating the inspiration for Plato’s story.

5. Atlantis was referring to a more temperate Antarctica

The controversial suggestion by the late Charles Hapgood that the Earth’s crust may have suddenly shifted some twelve thousand years ago (he maintained that the Earth’s crust floats upon a magma of molten rock like the skin of an orange  and periodically shifts over the millennia due to subterranean and gravitational pressures) has caught the imagination of many an Atlantis buff over the years. According to Hapgood, because of this shift, at one time the continent of Antarctica was much further north than it is now—and temperate and populated by an advanced civilization to boot—and that this was what Plato was referring to as Atlantis. Its sudden and catastrophic shift to its current icy position, then, destroyed the Atlanteans and made Antarctica the uninhabitable ice box it is today. Though the idea has its supporters, the premise that the Earth’s crust could shift so dramatically and suddenly has no support within the scientific community. Further, Hapgood presented his theory before science came to fully understand the nature of plate tectonics, which did much to exile his “sliding crust” hypothesis  to the realm of “fringe beliefs” where Plato’s continent is concerned.

4. Atlantis  was a reference to an ancient continent called Lemuria

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Interestingly, the Greeks were not the only ones to maintain a belief in an ancient, island-bound civilization. India and the Asian continent have their own tradition, which they call Lemuria—an island civilization that supposedly existed in the Indian Ocean. The idea that such a place existed was first postulated by 19th century zoologist Philip Sclater as a means of accounting for the discontinuities he found in the biogeography of the Indian Ocean region at the time. His premise that Madagascar and India may have once been part of a larger continent, which he named Lemuria, has been rendered obsolete by modern understanding of plate tectonics, which consistently demonstrate that while sunken continents do exist—such as the Kerguelen Plateau in the Indian Ocean — there is no known geological formation under the Indian Ocean that corresponds to Sclater’s hypothetical Lemuria. The name did at least lend its name to the tiny primates native to Madagascar known as a Lemur (or was it the other way around?) so it wasn’t a complete loss.

3. Atlantis was actually the mythological land of Mu

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Mu is the name of a hypothetical continent that allegedly existed in either the Atlantic or Pacific Ocean, depending on who you listen to. In either case, it was thought to have disappeared at the dawn of human history, its survivors emigrating to other continents to serve as the foundation for a number of later civilizations throughout the world. Today, scientists generally dismiss the concept of Mu and of other lost continents like Atlantis or Lemuria (see above) as physically impossible, since a continent can neither sink nor be destroyed by any conceivable catastrophe, especially not in a short time. Additionally, the weight of archaeological, linguistic, and genetic evidence is contrary to the claim that the ancient civilizations of the New and Old Worlds stemmed from a common ancestral civilization.

2. Atlantis was in Southeast Asia

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If one looks at the geography of the planet at the height of the last Ice Age, they will notice the ocean levels were over two hundred feet lower then as a result of so much water being taken up in the massive ice sheets that covered most of North America and Europe. As such, you can see that the island archipelago we know today as Indonesia was then a complete continent nearly as large as western Europe that stretches from Australia to the Indian subcontinent (which also extends hundreds of miles further out to sea). Temperate, sub tropical, and massive, it would have made a perfect place for an emerging civilization—perhaps even one as technologically advanced as our own today—to take root. Could such a global civilization have emerged then, only to perhaps find itself destroyed by its own technology and all evidence submerged by the expanding ocean as the ice caps melted? Certainly, this would account for many of flood and advanced civilization mythologies maintained by many diverse cultures around the globe and explain many of the similarities between parallel structures (pyramids, obelisks, stone carvings) seen around the world today.

1. Atlantis was in the Bahamas, Bermuda, the Azores, Canary Islands, etc.

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The idea that Plato was referring to a place in the Atlantic does not die easily, and so nearly any island or land mass lying anywhere between east coast of the Americas and Europe/Africa has been suggested as the locale for Plato’s fantastic continent. Unfortunately, none of these islands are particularly impressive in scope or size, nor do any of them suggest they once maintained anything approaching an advanced civilization in the distant past (or even today, for that matter). The Bahamas, because of the discovery off the coast of Bimini Island in 1968 of what appears to be a man-made harbor wall (generally dismissed by scientists as a formation of beach rock containing artificial looking but purely natural fracture lines suggestive of a paved “road”) and due to interest in the unproven but popular “Bermuda Triangle” legend, remains the odds-on favorite among many Atlantis buffs, though it is far from enjoying unanimous support.

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  1. Was Atlantis destroyed by “massive flooding ” or volcano called Plato im a student in 5 grade these theories are perfect for my essay thanks !

  2. I feel that the Great Flood reference, caused by the melting of the glaciers and ice at the end of the last Ice Age is a distinct factor in the loss of much of the world’s ancient civilizations, not just Atlantis! Think about the land mass exposed if we subtract 100-200′ of water level from the surface of the Earth, and how much coastal area would now be dry land! The Indonesia theory is a good one, but perhaps other island chains and even shallow ocean areas are also possible contenders for this honor? Safe to say that the world was very different then (10,000-12,000 BC) than now, and most do not take this into consideration at all. Our conceit and delusional and dismissive thinking is to blame. Most civilizations flourish along the banks of the ocean, lakes and rivers, and all of these would have been submerged following the event. Food for thought!

  3. Elias Mavrommati on

    What if the elephant really did walk through the snow drift, perhaps thousands of years ago and had subsequently been followed by a massive herd of wildebeest numbering in the tens of thousands. Would you still be hoping to see elephant footprints?

  4. Atlantis is an interesting subject, and to be fair about it, this link –> tells of a Atlantean Crystal Sphere that can make a certain material float. Since we know that Atlantean Crystal Sphere is real, due to the fact it has been found. We can easily determine that Atlantis was real, we just can’t tell where it was. The reason I say it’s easy to determine Atlantis’s existence, is because there’s a belief about Atlantis actually causing itself to sink. In that case, if they had too many of those Atlantean Crystals Spheres, (Which I believe they’re made out of quarts if I remember correctly) they could have easily made themselves sink to the bottom of the ocean.

    Quartz, in the words of my friend, is “A very powerful crystal, you shouldn’t keep around if there’s any negative energy.”

    As Atlantis was an advanced civilization, they probably didn’t read the warning label on that kind of crystal. (Meaning they didn’t look into how dangerous it could be)

    Some people think we could’ve been in the stone age quite a few times, (Yes, I’m talking about Earth in general here) because we could’ve had advanced civilizations, then because of one thing going wrong, 99% of Earth could’ve been changed, so that there was the 1% left, but none of it was advanced, and they just so happen to tell tails of advanced civilization, even though they couldn’t prove any of it.

    So you may be thinking, “I have no idea what this person is on about. So, does he believe Atlantis was real, or not?” To answer that: Yes, I do believe Atlantis was real, but I believe they probably gained too much power and destroyed themselves, leaving behind various ruins of their civilization.

  5. The map of Mu has Atlantis placed in the North Atlantic, so I’m not quite sure if it is indicating that Mu could have been Atlantis.

    • “For Sleep is the Bond Forged for Kronos” -Plutarch

      Tell me where Armoria, Amar, Awar, Ahar, Arihia, tell me where this is if not inside the great sea? Ogyges. The place where Sun rests in heaven is the mythical land you seek. We should still follow the sun by journeying outside of our planet. local system and onward throughout our larger system. What kind of “Celt” are you? How can you allow your people to sit and wait when such bounty is to be had out there?

      Forge the bond that will not sleep; become Chronos; you are Kairos!

  6. The true location of Atlantis is known, but only by a few. Today’s version of Plato’s Timeaes Critias is not the same as the orginal. Whoever revised it, wanted to make it sound as if it was Minoan Crete. However they left some small details that the orginal story contained and that is that the Continent contained 10 Kings! Now why would an island the size of Nebraska need ten kings to rule it? The only logical explanation is that the continent was a supercontinent. There is only one location and two continents that fit that description and that is North America and South America. If North America and South America was once one giant land mass, then it’s leaders would have waged war against the rulers of the other giant land mass known at that time as Eurasia. The City of Atlantis existed on one of the peninsulas of North or South America. The peninsula was as large as 77,000 square miles. Today it is not as large as it once was. The area where Atlantis was located contained fruits with hard rinds that could afford drinks according to Plato. This sounds like a coconut. The Continent also experienced winter as well as summer. A tropical island would only have a temperate climate. This Continent had mountains that fell to the sea and plain lands. Again this sounds like North America and South America. If you take a look at a relief map in which the sea level is lowered 200 meters, you can see that Florida would have much more land and make the shape of a rectangle as Plato described it. Plato mentions that the continent of Atlantis had springs with hot and cold water and fountains that shot forth from the ground. Florida has hot and cold springs as well as fountains. Yellowstone National Park has geysers. So what could have happened to cause the disappearance of the civilization of Atlantis? There is an old Chinese creation myth that says that the earth was formed by an egg that cracked open and fell to the Earth. There are other myths that mention that the sky fell. Recently it was discovered that the Earth once had two moons. If something happened to one of those moons, and part of it fell to the Earth, would it have created an event that seemed as if the sky was falling? Would it also have seemed as if an egg in the sky broke open and fell to the Earth? If this event happened it would have caused massive tidal waves to completely swallow continents, as well as pushing the lava flow to create volcanic eruptions all over the world as well as major earthquakes. This is the only event that could have happened that would completely destroy a supercontinent in the time span of a day and night. It would have also caused the sun to be blotted out causing the temperature to drop dramtically and freezing the floodwaters and eventually causing glaciers. If there were surviviors they would have fled the supercontinent for a drier continent and warmer area. The only location for a dry continent at that time, may have been the Middle East and Egypt.

  7. As much as people might ‘pooh pooh’ it I think it would behoove them to read up on a man named Edgar Cayce. Known as America’s sleeping prophet he had over 14,000 documented readings. Many of these referred to Atlantis. Nostradamus couldn’t hold a candle to this man when it came to accuracy.

  8. Anarta / Anatolia / Atlantis

    This forgetfull insensitive world forget Anarta since Kaliyuga ..Even In India..Anarta was remembered u to Dwapara yuga..then most people forget it. Anarta… the story of Sharyati (Son of Manu) remeined forgotten story. now i can understand ocean of tear…you all are lamenting Anarta..and people forget it. I shall try my level best to remind the people of ancient Anarta….that stretches from Crete.

    Sat yuga

    In India it was mentioned as Anarta..but at opposite end the word turned to Anatolia…any word can change after reaching that mush long distance. Anarta was son of Sharyati..(River Saryu named after Sharyati). Sharyati was son of Manu and brother of Ikshvaku..who founded Sunline dynasty.

    Treta yuga

    King of Saurashtra sovira was present at Ayodhya when Dashartha arraned Yagna for Incarnation of shri Ram.

    Dwapara yuga

    14 years before Mahabharata war..shri Krishna came to Anarta from Mathura alongwith Yadavas.

    Kali yuga

    Anarta is forgoten in Kaliyuga..WE people in Bhartwarsha also forget history of Lav nandan (LOndon)…I shall try my level best to spread the real truth…Thanks

  9. For more information on Atlantis besides Plato’s account you can find it talked about under various other names that appear to all be cognate; Scheria. Ogygia, Aztlan, Asgard and the Garden of Eden/Aedin/Ogden (valley of the sacred groves). All of these names can be translated back into Sumerian root words from their original alphabetic spelling in their origination languages. I find it improbable that all of these words, when the transliteration is undone back to an original Sumerian root form share four things in common; Stars, Ocean, Serpent and a Garden. All of them and yet these terms are spread across 4,000 years and from America to India. How would Aztecs, Mayans, Phoenicians, Norse, Celtic Druids, Jews, Sumerian, Egyptians, Hindus, Greeks, Etruscans, Irish and Scottish end up with a similar origination tale for mankind containing these exact elements without contact with each other? Why does the Sun God always fight the great serpent and why did every one of these ancient peoples venerate the serpent for it’s wisdom and knowledge?

  10. Diodorus should at least be on the above list. His story is just as interesting, Amazons, lost lands and lakes, etc.

    How advanced was the Atlantis advocated by Plato anyway? His so-called ‘ideal’ society was entirely feudal and run by kings, and he said this in a democratic age.

    • Plato’s version doesn’t really detail cultural advances mostly implies architectural, engineering, sea-faring and metallurgy. His description of the social classes existing mirrors the same system described as set up by Hephaestus and Hellene for the proto-Greeks which is identical to the Teutonic and Gaulish social divisions. Being that they all share common origin I suppose that makes sense and why Plato doesn’t focus on it. As far as the Diordorus account Donnelley shows that many different African peoples claimed descent from another kingdom and in fact named mountains and cities after this mythical place. He ties every nation or people that used Merope, Meropis, Meropee, Mero, Meru, Maru, Amaru together as sharing a common worship system of flowers for sacrifice and serpent veneration. This is Sumerian AMAR.UTU the sun God who became Marduk, Merodach and the Biblical Merovach. The Hebrews called them Amorites.

  11. What about the suggestion that Diodorus’ account of the Atlantians was more reliable than Plato’s? Diodorus places the Atlantians at the base of Mount Atlas in Africa. An island in a nearby lake disappears during an earthquake and the island was populated by the Amazons. It was the latter who challenged the Greeks in Asia Minor and not the Atlantians as Plato has it. Greek mythology supports Diodorus but not Plato. Mount Atlas is consistently in Africa and it is always the Amazons who invade Asia Minor. For more info read Greg Alexander’s “Atlantis, the Origin of a Legend”.

    • Explain the red-haired, blue-eyed Guanches the Spaniards exterminated in the Azores. Or the Hindu-Jain concept of the world mountain, Mount Meru in Sumeru; an island kingdom said to be in the center or the earth? If the Indian epics are based on Aryan mythology and therefore Aryan myth is the oldest then Atlantis was just the name of a city in Sumeru; an island kingdom. The Phoenicians trace their ancestry back to the Meropee (Meru-Phe) and they were a sea-faring, port-city series of minor kingdoms that surrounded the Mediterranean and inhabited the major islands containing all the old port cities in the Levant. The Minoans even built a port city on the Red Sea for the Egyptians to conduct trade with India (Punt) called; Peru-Nefter. It was this “Peru” the Spaniards were seeking when they mistranslated the name given them by the Incas for their lands as part of the kingdom of Meru. Mummies in Egypt, Peru and the Azores all Caucasian and all the same method of mummification including as Donnelley shows, the ones found in Nevada.

      “Phe” meaning “the” or “of the” as in singular and Meru being a derivation of the Sumerian and Canaanite AMAR.UTU; as Phe-Roe, Pharaoh is the Royal House or Royal Blood Line. How many coincidences and similarities does it take before people accept the story at face value?

  12. im only 16 but this has always amazed me since i was 5 ive always wanted to be the one who uncovers the city of atlantis i hope somebody uncovers it soon

  13. #2 seems about perfect . The picture shown has no bearing whatsoever. Look up “sundaland”, the name of the flooded continent. That Indonesia was once a huge continent sized island is not in dispute. It was covered in water at the end of the ice age. Furthermore, the whole region is volcanically active. It is quite conceivable a land mass already being inundated could have been done in by a tsunami caused by an earthquake or explosion of a volcano such as Krakatao.

    A researcher has written a book on the topic.

  14. Tropical Pangea existed and an advanced people existed with longetiviy. In time these intelligent people became violent(having supernatural powers). They were warned of an imminent flood and they continued in their sins. The animals sensing movement of the earth underneath moved to escape and Noah guided the animals to the Ark. The rains came and a massive world earthquake caused massive fissures on the earth releasing gallons of underground water. Pangaea split into continents and the weight of the water caused some ground to “sink”. Mega tsunamis washed away cities and perhaps technology destroyed(if it existed). Only 8 human beings survived with the animals in the ark that God commanded Noah to build. Today we are a supercivilization with technology and one day we will be destroyed because of our violence and sinfulness.

    • Noah’s name is telling in terms of Etymology. Under Sumerian language structure his name is actually a word for a clan as the sound “ah” or “A-A” “aa” is a common Sumerian way of showing descent by doubling a vowel or word to signify a later group or person who is of that original. Unless you literally believe people used to live six hundred years?

      Or did their clan have prominence for said time period as is the custom on the Sumerian King’s list! Suggesting, I am, that No-Ah was Sumerian which would put him on land now covered by water; the Persian Gulf. Which Graham Hancock shows was above water before the flood.

  15. Wat about the whole of the Mediterranean …. What if the strait of Gibraltar was a more recent fixture in our world. Rising sea levels could have easily washed into the basin we now call the mediterranean . Rising sea levels plus a geological occurrence such as a earthquake could have easily separated the strait and created wat we call the mediterranean . Thus the great flood of the bible and pushing the civilization west into the fertile crescent. We already have knowledge that their are civilizations that predate what we thought we the beginnings of a stable urban environment

  16. In short the scientific community denies the possibility of cataclysms because they are scary and semi-ignorant people are more comfortable with a planet that always changes gradually. Because of this we readily believe that the northern hemisphere was covered with slowly moving sheet of ice miles thick that crawled over the earth for thousands of years.

  17. you don’t have to take everything plato said as true. there is no obligation to do that like you say in #1. for example, we know that plutarch was wrong in some of his facts concerning different greek figures, but we still accept his accounts because they are partially right (and pretty much all we have concerning many events). the same can be said for the accounts of marco polo, sure he messed up on some stuff concerning the mongolian empire, but we don’t believe everything he says and know what he messed up on. silly things like time and names dont always matter when there are multiple accounts to compare them to in order to find a more plausible story. that’s why myths and legends alike are studied by scholars, because their origins tell us something about history and give us insight into the beliefs of ancient cultures. just saying.

    • To lie to a King in ancient times meant death, to tell falsehoods to crowds would result in death by stoning. When ancient people wrote something down as historical they meant it was to be taken as historical accounts of what actually happened. When you take the time to carve into stone an event it is because you mean to tell the truth. I think modern people take for granted the seriousness of our ancestors.

      • Well said! Our ancestors had a good reason to “carve into stone” their accounts; whether orally passed down through generation or shared ‘secret knowledge/wisdom’ from even more-previous related/unrelated societies and civilizations.

        So there must be some “truth” to the historical events that our ancestors knew. There must be an “origin” to the “oral accounts” passed on from generation to generation. And it surely wasn’t “mythical”…it was legend! Something that was believed and known to have happened!

  18. #5 The theory of sudden cataclysmic movements in the earth’s crust or other sudden destructive events having no support in the scientific community stems back to a 18th or 19th century argument about whether the ice age happened as we’ve been told or if everything was caused by a horrendous cataclysm. In short the scientific community denies the possibility of cataclysms because they are scary and semi-ignorant people are more comfortable with a planet that always changes gradually. Because of this we readily believe that the northern hemisphere was covered with slowly moving sheet of ice miles thick that crawled over the earth for thousands of years. Coincidentally geological evidence shows that all the change which took place from 2,588,000 to 12,000 years BP could also have been caused by a terrible disaster around 12000 years ago. Which is also when Plato and hundreds of other civilizations stated that the “great flood” occurred.

  19. #11. Atlantis was a hypothetical city to illustrate Plato’s discussion…which is specifically mentioned by Plato in the Timaeus

    • I encourage anyone who believes that to go to You Tube and search for Graham Hancock and Atlantis. You will find, as he shows you, at a temple in Egypt which is identified with the Old Kingdom there is a stella or stone relief carved on the walls which tells the whole story of where the Egyptians came from. Now, can you guess what it says?

      If you’ve read Plato’s work you have already heard it.

      Remember, Troy was a “mythical” city as well. So was/is Achilles and yet in the Uluburun wreck is the very cup he and his Myrmidon drank from to celebrate victory. Read Gavin Menzies Lost Empire of Atlantis.

  20. #7 is an interesting theory and one I see usually pushed. Tho one variant I find annoying was claiming the island of Thera ITSELF was Atlantis, which I think is silly. (usually with a diagram of Atlantis and its canals superimposed over the island of Thera).

    #6 is another interesting modern explanation I’ve been hearing more and more.

    #4 & 3 are dubious, because AFAIK, the stories of Lemuria and Mu are modern creations NOT based on any sort of ancient legend/tradition.

    #1 another in this category are claims that atlantis is based on some location on the coast of spain.

    • Paul Pezron in his Origin of Nations shows by all descriptions Crete was inhabited by Caucasian Celts. There is even a visual depiction of these peoples by Egyptians from thousands of years ago on a wall at the temple of Abydos which still has paint on the stone carving showing not only that they are Celts but that they all had long blond hair and beards. They same description is given in the Bible of the men of Moab, the Canaanites and look all the way back to ancient Persia or Sumeria and you see statues of long-haired, bearded Caucasians.

      As Pezron shows in every historical account of these peoples one trait about them that is bizarre but commonly found in all tribes everywhere you find this race is superstition. Whenever “God” or the “Gods” brought a plight upon them they uprooted and moved somewhere else establishing a new colony. Sound familiar?

  21. i think ya it really existed but i have a reason a theory it was only flooded but a disastrous flood believe me or keep searching

  22. Richard Welch on

    To begin with, a couple of points: Plato never called Atlantis a continent, only an island. He never said it had an advanced technology, only that it had impressive buildings and canals. It was, in fact, a supervolcanic island a couple hundred miles off Portugal that exploded and sank in the 17th century BC i.e., it was exactly where Plato said it was (See Roots of Cataclysm, Algora Publ. NY 2009). Nearly all the other theories are completely outside the platonic parameters.

    • …but Donnelley shows based on measurements given it was a continent-sized island much like Australia. Read his book.

  23. awes0me!i love this list so much…but surprisingly only 5 people commented so far…

  24. If the "lost island" was supposed to be large, and European man did not rediscover North America for several thousand years after Plato talked about Atlantis, couldn't Atlantis have actually been North and South America?


    • No, because Ignatius Donnelley showed that ALL native American Indian cultures from South America to Mexico and Canada shared a similar story of their origins on an island, Aztlan in the Atlantic or great sea as they called it. The origin myths are all similar, a great catastrophe or flood destroys the birthplace of mankind and they escaped to North and South America on boats. Boats, mind you, none of the native could build or had ever built but described as identical to 15th and 16th century ships. One group of Indians is Caucasian, the Mandans and another group even spoke a version of Welsh language. Many of them talk about ancient giant men who wore crosses that came and taught them civilization or essentially Celtae-Sumerians.

    • If so, then that would also need to be proven true, and not just a retelling of the Gilgamesh story, which is .. WAIT! That's right, most likely a gradually exaggerated oral account of ….

      Get this …

      #6 Black Sea flood.

      Learn your history. The Bible isn't the only source. Its inaccuracies are abundant.

  25. Before figuring out where it was, though, we'd all ahve to first agree that it exists!