In the book Discovery of Atlantis: The Startling Case for the Island of Cyprus (Origin Press: Oct. 2003), the case for Cyprus is presented in eight chapters, each with a different focus. The subject of Atlantis is one of the greatest of all ancient mysteries and has long been an object of intense speculation. Its actual discovery has the potential to revolutionize our understanding of human history. Therefore, in Discovery of Atlantis, careful attention has been paid to a variety of specialized fields, including mythology, ancient history, geophysics, and natural history.
Discovery of Atlantis focuses first on the original story of Atlantis as presented by Plato, showing the centrality of Plato's detailed description. It then moves on to examine this story's powerful legacy throughout history, including the mythology of civilizations worldwide. After analyzing the other current theories of the location of Atlantis in relation to Plato's account, we unveil what we believe to be the discovery of Atlantis in the Eastern Mediterranean. This is done with the use of sophisticated proprietary underwater 3D maps along with other original pieces of evidence from natural history, geophysics, and mythological analysis--all of which are used as an aid in closely matching Plato's numerous physical clues with the general location of Cyprus.
I. The Story of Atlantis
Chapter 1: Plato's Atlantis. Plato's story of Atlantis is first examined by outlining the main points presented in his great dialogues, the Timaeus and the Critias. We begin with a brief review of the origin of the legend of Atlantis arising from Solon's travels to Egypt. This is followed by a summary of Plato's account that includes liberal quoting from Plato's narration about the Atlantean race, detailed characteristics of their capital city and its physical setting, the degeneration of the Atlantean empire, and the eventual destruction of their island by flood. References to Plato's story in the writings of a variety of ancient historians are also presented in order to show the historical foundation upon which the story of Atlantis rests.
Chapter 2: The Universal Myth. In this chapter, the mythology of Plato's Atlantis is traced to older myths from the classical civilizations of the ancient world, including the biblical Garden of Eden. The aim is to show that the story of Atlantis is only one derivation of an even older legend that stems from an unparalleled prehistoric event so powerful that it left a permanent imprint on the legends of peoples around the globe.
Chapter 3: Paradise Lost. Chapter 3 thoroughly acquaints the readers with Plato's own detailed description of the physical look of the island, including his discussion of the rectangular plain at its foothills, the layout of its capital city, the flora and fauna of the island, and its rich natural resources. The comprehensive list of nearly 50 clues compiled here will be later matched to our maps of the eastern Mediterranean basin-one by one.
II. The Legacy of Atlantis
Chapter 4: As Above, So Below. Having reviewed the layout of Atlantis City in Chapter 3, Chapter 4 proceeds to argue that its legacy must have had a profound impact on the city plans, temple designs, and architectural structures of classical civilizations. These clues point to the likelihood that Plato's story of Atlantis was based on at least partly factual events. The iconography of Atlantis is also traced to modern times, including even the architectural design of the Capitol building in Washington D.C.
Chapter 5: Treasure Hunt. This chapter systematically analyzes the most important current theories about the location of Atlantis and methodically compares them to Plato's description of the lost island. Today's most popular theories are examined, including the Azores Islands, the Americas, Bolivia, Antarctica, the locations in the Mediterranean Sea and the Aegean Sea. This chapter proves that no theory has so far succeeded in presenting a convincing argument if compared to Plato's claims. We argue that, if Plato's account is to be taken seriously and literally, the existing theories are very far from being a close match to the many specifics of the original story. Conclusions are next drawn about the possibility of discovering Atlantis in the easternmost Mediterranean region.
III. The Discovery of Atlantis
Chapter 6: Secrets of the Mediterranean Sea. This chapter argues that Plato's story of the catastrophic destruction of Atlantis could only have happened in one place. Science has recently proven that the Mediterranean was once a desert basin that was subsequently filled in from the Atlantic Ocean, due to the destruction of the Gibraltar land bridge that acted as a dam. This chapter will provide evidence showing that the resulting torrential flood rushing in from the Atlantic closely matches Plato's description of the flood that submerged Atlantis.
Chapter 7: Navel of the Earth. Chapter 7 describes a remarkable scientific survey of the eastern Mediterranean basin that took place in the 1980's, resulting in the most accurate data ever gathered about the topographic structure of the Levantine Basin and the Cyprus Arc. This data was acquired by the author in 1999 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) and used to create the most accurate existing bathymetric maps of the seafloor that stretches between Cyprus and Syria. 3D models of the area were created with software developed by The Scotia Group specifically for this book. These proprietary maps and models are presented here for the first time.
Chapter 8: Discovery of Atlantis. The first seven chapters of this book are in a sense introductory materials that prepare the readers for the conclusion of the work, presented in the lengthy final chapter. The dozens of clues in the Timaeus and the Critias that have been accrued throughout the book are now summoned, and are contrasted and compared to the evidence pointing to the island of Cyprus as the original location of Atlantis. All but two of these 45 clues match Plato's original account--far more than any existing theory. The bathymetric maps provided in this book not only show the island of Atlantis, but also the Acropolis hill itself--seemingly just as Plato described it--just one mile below the water off the south coast of Cyprus. This is the location of the colossal remains of Atlantis City, which we believe will soon be filmed and recovered.
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