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Discovery of Atlantis


Robert Sarmast gave up a promising career in architecture in order to pursue his lifelong passion for ancient history, world mythology, and the search for lost civilizations. Leaving behind more conventional pursuits--and sometimes working in odd jobs to support himself--the author read widely and traveled extensively for over a decade in search of facts, sources, and knowledge on a variety of ancient mysteries. After these years of open-ended research, Sarmast narrowed his focus to solving one of the world's greatest riddles: the perennial mystery of Atlantis. The field of Atlantology was still wide open; it was clear to him that no one had yet made a compelling case about the location of Atlantis, or for that matter, proven whether or not Plato's story was an allegory or historical reality. As Sarmast came face-to-face with this broad and deep mystery, he found himself becoming hooked on the quest for this mythical paradise, like so many before him over the centuries. He now plunged deeply into the vast literature of Atlantology.

Four years before the publication of his Atlantis book in 2003, the direction of Sarmast's research changed when a series of events led him to conduct a more empirical search for Atlantis in the Mediterranean Sea. His preliminary findings led him to work with specialists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as well as other leading geophysicists and oceanographers in an effort to obtain the most accurate existing data about the eastern Mediterranean seafloor. At one point, NOAA scientists offered to make him a digitized file of the existing raw data. One week later he received a document that was over 2,500 pages long! Little did Sarmast know that the gods of Atlantis had just smiled upon him. His next step was to obtain funding and technical assistance from a private corporation involved in underwater oil exploration. With their support, Sarmast went on to produce the world's first detailed 3D maps and models of the eastern Mediterranean basin. With this unique data in hand, Sarmast began to put the pieces of the Atlantis puzzle together as he drafted his manuscript, while searching for a publisher.

In his breakout book, Discovery Of Atlantis: The Startling case for the Island of Cyprus (Origin Press: 2003), Robert Sarmast, presently an independent mythologist and researcher based in Los Angeles, eloquently reveals how he has discovered compelling evidence of the actual location of the lost city of Atlantis. His research has led him to a small section of the sea floor of the eastern Mediterranean region--a sunken land mass stretching between Cyprus and Syria. By precisely following the clues given by the philosopher Plato, Sarmast has discovered a site that matches Plato's famed account of Atlantis with astonishing accuracy. (Scholars in this field know that any credible claim to have located Atlantis must use Plato's famed account found in his dialogues Timaeus and Critias. To this day, these classic ancient texts remain the sole source for the Atlantis legend.)

Sarmast's work is unusual in joining robust scientific data with multidimensional analysis that incorporates ancient history, mythology, archaeology, and architecture. While matching the region of Cyprus to the physical clues Plato left behind, Sarmast ranges into other disciplines to achieve a match with nearly every other clue that Plato lists; in this the author draws from his earlier studies in world mythology and ancient mysteries. The nearly 50 matches he has made with Plato's descriptions extend from the philosopher's claim that elephants once lived on Atlantis, to the mineral composition of the island, to mythological figures associated with the legend.

Robert Sarmast has made this unprecedented series of findings while yet remaining an independent researcher and writer. But his quest is far from over. The next task is to actually explore the small strip of the Cyprus Arc with submersible equipment to verify the existence of archeological evidence of the sunken civilization. The author is now collaborating with marine specialists, a ship captain, archaeologists, and producers to pull together an expedition to the Cyprus region. Still a young man, Robert Sarmast has embarked on a research program that may lead us to an entirely new picture of the origins of culture. His decision to pursue his abiding passion for ancient mysteries seems to have been the right course to follow.

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