Beyond The Pillars of Hercules...

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    Jul 23, 2010 12:10 AM GMT
    Beyond The Pillars of Hercules...

    Plato was once quoted that Beyond The Pillars of Hercules, was Atlantis.

    Question: Do you believe that this ancient civilization once existed?
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    Jul 23, 2010 12:30 AM GMT
    Sure why not? Probably a place like Greece, but an island. Sank in an earthquake? I don't think it was some super advanced techno society with all the answers to life/existence though. Just an island country that suffered a seismic mishap.

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    Jul 23, 2010 1:33 AM GMT
    Totally. But it didn't sink, it flew away.
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    Jul 23, 2010 1:34 AM GMT
    There are ten thousand year old pyramids in Europe aren't there?

    We're talking during pre-history the chance of pockets of what we would identify as "civilization"... it's a bit like asking if there's life in the universe other than us.
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    Jul 23, 2010 2:08 AM GMT
    I think it's nonsensical to look for literal truth in mythology. The prevalance of flood myths (and utopian societies in mythology!) suggests something quite fundamental about human psychology.

    Certainly, the Minoans were greatly affected by the eruption of Thera [the popular explanation for the Atlantis myth], but I'm not at all certain that this explains it's power and persistence.
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    Jul 23, 2010 2:10 AM GMT
    No solid archeological evidence yet. Until there is everything else is speculation.
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    Jul 23, 2010 2:25 AM GMT
    TigerTim saidI think it's nonsensical to look for literal truth in mythology. The prevalance of flood myths (and utopian societies in mythology!) suggests something quite fundamental about human psychology.

    Certainly, the Minoans were greatly affected by the eruption of Thera [the popular explanation for the Atlantis myth], but I'm not at all certain that this explains it's power and persistence.


    Actually, one huge flood has been proved, some 7500 years ago, when the mediteranean sea suddently invaded the black sea through bosphore, as sea level rised out of the end of last glaciation.
    As a large part of the first civilisation lived on the shore of the sea, they had to flee and to settle elsewhere. It's the most up to date theory for flood myths in many civilisations, even if it doesn't explain the ones in native american or australian.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Sea_deluge_theory