The Lost City of Atlantis – Fact Or Fiction

The lost city of Atlantis was a story by Plato in 355 BC which stated that Poseidon was the sea-god who made the city of Atlantis. This city boasted of hot and cold water fountains, city-walls, and irrigation system for cultivation outside the city. The attraction was a temple in the centre of the city atop a hill which had a statue of Poseidon in a chariot pulled by horses with wings. Some supported this imagination while others argued it as untrue.

In 1800, Ignatius Donnelly supported this story by stating in his book titled ‘Antediluvian World’ that such a city existed in the center of the Atlantic Ocean. The Atlantian civilization therein was the earliest civilization which later spread to other colonies. This city was believed to have been ruined by a disaster of nature.

Counter theories were that since the sediments at the ocean bed could not have covered the city entirely considering the period of its existence, this theory was untrue.

Another professor in history, K.T. Frost, believed that the city did exist, but it was located on Crete Island, which was home to the Minoan civilization. He stated that this civilization was indeed prosperous wherein an efficient navy was in force. Due to the eruption of a volcano 10 miles away from this island, the entire civilization with the empire suddenly vanished. There was semblance in this story with that proposed by Plato. In fact, most people believe that the legendary city was actually located on Crete. The tussle between this story being a fact or fiction still continues.