Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Is Santorini Atlantis?

Archaeological, seismological and vulcanological evidence has been presented linking the Atlantis myth to Santorini. It is believed that the Greek island was the inspiration for Plato’s Atlantis; this speculation began with the excavation of Akrotiri in the 1960s, and gained increased currency as reconstructions of the island’s pre-eruption shape and landscape frescos located under the ash both strongly resembled Plato’s description.
Platos account of Atlantis: Plato is quoted as saying that once upon a time the Atlantis island was a vast empire spreading over numerous continents all of which disappeared in one single night of destruction and mayhem caused by a terrible earthquake followed by a deluge.

Geological as well as archaeological explorations have revealed a fascinating likelihood and that is the vanishing of Atlantis which might be linked to the Bronze Age calamity courtesy of the massive explosion in the Aegean Sea. The catastrophe was so devastating that it inundated the caldera and completely ruined the highly civilized Minoan civilization which used to be an integral part of Santorini Island.

Santorini is a cluster of islands owing affinity to the Cyclades chain of island located to the south of the Aegean Sea. It is strategically located between Greece in the west and Turkey to the east. Santorini falls in the plate-tectonic zone and comprises of the island of Thera, Therasia, Aspronisi, and the inner Kameni Islands.

Is Atlantis identical with Santorini? Maybe that is the wrong question. Probably at no time there was a place whose name was written ''Atlantis'' on some map. Nevertheless, the theory that the volcanic disaster of Santorini is the source behind Plato's story of Atlantis is quite supported.

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