- a legendary island, first mentioned by Plato, said to have existed in the Atlantic Ocean west of Gibraltar and to have sunk beneath the sea, but linked by some modern archaeologists with the island of Thera, the surviving remnant of a much larger island destroyed by a volcanic eruption c1500 b.c.
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Examples from the Web for atlantis
The philosopher, Plato, linked Santorini with the mythical lost city of Atlantis that sank beneath the waves.Book a Room for Two in a Santorini Cave
June 10, 2014
His 1985 novel Masters of Atlantis concerns the plight of the Gnomons, a group dedicated to sharing the mysteries of Atlantis.What a Real Cult Novel Looks Like
April 5, 2013
In Masters of Atlantis, newspaper people “treat as pests those who walk in off the street with inquiries, or even news.”Charles Portis, a Journalist With True Grit
September 25, 2012
Yet, unlike such Grail-oriented conspiracies (and Atlantis, yetis and UFOs), the Shroud very definitely exists.
The Shroud is generally lumped in with silly-season subjects, such as Atlantis, yetis, and UFOs.
Mighty as is the industrial civilization of your day, that of Atlantis was mightier.
Of course, the country wasn't then called Atlantis; its real name was A-zooma.
The most famous of them all was the overthrow of the island of Atlantis.
The tale of Atlantis is the fabric of a vision, but it has never ceased to interest mankind.
Did Plato derive the legend of Atlantis from an Egyptian source?
- (in ancient legend) a continent said to have sunk beneath the Atlantic Ocean west of the Straits of Gibraltar
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Word Origin and History for atlantis
mythical island-nation, from Greek Atlantis, literally "daughter of Atlas." All references trace to Plato's dialogues "Timaeus" and "Critias," both written c.360 B.C.E.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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