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ATLANTIS? ..... Page 12

"Now in this island of Atlantis there was a great and wonderful empire which had rule over the whole island and several others, and over parts of the continent, and, furthermore, the men of Atlantis had subjected the parts of Libya within the columns of Heracles as far as Egypt, and of Europe as far as Tyrrhenia.

This vast power, gathered into one, endeavoured to subdue at a blow our country and yours and the whole of the region within the straits; and then, Solon, your country shone forth, in the excellence of her virtue and strength, among all mankind.

She was pre-eminent in courage and military skill, and was the leader of the Hellenes. And when the rest fell off from her, being compelled to stand alone, after having undergone the very extremity of danger, she defeated and triumphed over the invaders, and preserved from slavery those who were not yet subjugated, and generously liberated all the rest of us who dwell within the pillars.

But afterwards there occurred violent earthquakes and floods; and in a single day and night of misfortune all your warlike men in a body sank into the earth, and the island of Atlantis in like manner disappeared in the depths of the sea. For which reason the sea in those parts is impassable and impenetrable, because there is a shoal of mud in the way; and this was caused by the subsidence of the island"....Mr., Plato From the Dialogue of Timaeus

Good morning! (or as the case may be). Here at S8int.com, we don't know if Atlantis existed or whether it is merely mythological. To be perfectly frank, we don't really care that much. Plato allowed that it was a great civilization and world power that was destroyed by a flood in a day and a night. Okay, so slightly interesting.. and it fits with this category of underwater monuments and cities.

Atheists and materialists are going to laugh at this, (but they're laughing at everything, anyway) this whole Atlantis thing strikes us as kinda "fringy". Particularly the stuff that tends to go with the Atlantis story. To us, if Atlantis existed, it met the same fate as the rest of the world that was destroyed in the flood of Noah--and nothing more. What we know for sure is that the Money Store's Ziggarat Building looks better underwater, below than it does on dry land :0).

Hunt for Atlantis leads to Cyprus Mon 26 April, 2004
Dallas Fort Worth Star Telegram

NICOSIA (Reuters) - A U.S. researcher who is convinced the fabled city of Atlantis is lurking in the watery deep off Cyprus will launch an exploratory mission this summer, he says.

"We believe our discovery will put Cyprus at the centre of the world stage forever," Robert Sarmast told Reuters on Monday.

Sarmast said the east Mediterranean island is actually the pinnacle of the long-lost city and the rest of it is about 1.6 km (1 mile) below sea level.

Using deep sea maps and clues found in Plato, Sarmast said he has discovered a sunken rectangular land mass stretching northeast from Cyprus towards Syria.

"We are going to sail 70 miles (112.7 km) offshore Cyprus, directly over the spot where we believe Atlantis City lays submerged and waiting to be discovered," he said.

The mystery of Atlantis -- both whether it existed and why it disappeared -- has fired the imagination of explorers for centuries.

Many believe the ancient civilisation was destroyed in the biblical flood and that it was possibly the site of the Garden of Eden.

Greek mythology says Atlantis was a powerful nation whose residents were so corrupted by greed and power that Zeus destroyed it.

Some say it is in the Aegean, others in the Azores or the Celtic Ridge of Britain, and others put it even farther a field in the South China Sea.

On Friday, he will herald the start of the expedition and Cyprus's membership to the European Union by heading out to the area where the mission will commence.

"At midnight we will deploy a sealed capsule to the seafloor containing a Cyprus flag, an EU flag and a flag bearing the symbol of Atlantis," he said.

Lost city of Atlantis 'Found'

An American explorer claims the fabled city lies off the southern tip of Cyprus - to the delight of the island's tourist chiefs. Fiona Govan reports.

IT MAY be the answer generations of experts on the ancient world have been looking for. New research claims that the fabled ancient civilisation of Atlantis is located close to Cyprus.

After nearly 10 years of research using ocean mapping technology and accounts from ancient texts, an American explorer says he has evidence that Atlantis lies beneath the deep blue waters off the southern tip of the island.

Robert Sarmast, a self-proclaimed mythologist and expert on the ancient world, makes his claim in a book published in the United States.

In Discovery of Atlantis - The Startling Case for the Island of Cyprus (Origin Press), Sarmast uses maps to show the location of archaeological remains on a sunken strip of land just off the south coast of Cyprus, which he believes is Atlantis.

Sarmast said at his home in California last week: "This is going to rewrite the history books. We are set to make the biggest archaeological discovery of all time."

His research, which cost $741,800 and uses data collected by a Russian scientific survey vessel in 1989, was paid for by the Heritage Standard Corporation, an organisation involved in undersea surveys for oil and gas.

He intends to carry out an expedition to explore the seabed, to find proof of his theory.

Sarmast considers the site matches Plato's account of Atlantis, in the dialogues Timaeus and Critias, written about 400BC. The description is said to be based on the writings of Solon, who recorded the account told to him by the Egyptians about 600BC.

Whereas many historians believe that Atlantis is the stuff of legend and that Plato's description is an allegory to praise the values of Athenian society, Sarmast takes a more literal view.

"My discovery will vindicate Plato," he said. "Within his dialogues, Plato provides factual clues as to what Atlantis was like. I have matched all but two of the 45 clues with the area around Cyprus.

"That's either the biggest coincidence in the history of the world or we have found Plato's Atlantis. "Plato's account is so detailed that it is possible to make city plans based on his description. These match exactly the antediluvian maps of Cyprus as discovered through oceanographic mapping."

Sarmast said he had identified many of the areas described by Plato, including a rectangular plain, running east to west, containing a metropolis at its centre.

Central to the latest theory is the fact that the Mediterranean basin suffered a catastrophic flood with the destruction of the Gibraltar "dam" that once closed the Mediterranean Sea from the Atlantic.

This substantiates Plato's claim that an epochal flood "swallowed up" the island of Atlantis, leaving only the uninhabited mountainous regions above water, and supports the biblical story of the flood.

Sarmast believes that it will not be difficult to launch an underwater expedition and that the rewards will be great.

"It's only a mile down in warm, calm waters," he said. "Compare that with the Titanic which is two miles down in freezing, treacherous waters. That was explored fully 20 years ago.

"What we have here is a whole city, an ancient civilisation, megalithic sites packed full of artefacts. We can expect to find colossal buildings, bridges, roads, canals and stone temples. With no sunlight, heat, oxygen or wind to degrade its remains, Atlantis will be mummified in the cold waters of the deep sea, frozen in time."

Sarmast's claim about Cyprus is, however, just the latest in a long list of suggested locations for Atlantis, including the Azores, the Sahara desert, Malta, Central America and Antarctica.

Cypriot reaction last week ranged from derision to enthusiastic support. Dr Despo Pilides, an archaeologist at the Department of Antiquities, said: "Serious archaeologists tend to place the search for Atlantis within the realm of fantasy.

"This latest theory should be taken with a very large pinch of salt. Archaeologists only work with hard evidence. There is no evidence whatsoever to give credence to this hypothesis and we have no intention of investigating it."

But in the kafenios, the coffee houses where men pass the time and debate the issues of the day, it was a different story.

Christos sipped his strong, dark coffee as he contemplated the idea. "Of course it's true," he said. "We are Atlantis, we are the oldest civilisation, we are the Garden of Eden.

"This is a very good thing for Cyprus. We will be more famous than anywhere else in the world." The tourist industry agreed. A spokesman for the Cyprus Tourism Organisation said: "I don't think we should be hasty in dismissing this idea. Whether it is true or not it can only be a good thing for us.

"People will want to come and visit what could be part of Atlantis."

Holidaymakers in Ayia Napa were less impressed. "I couldn't care less," said one Briton. "If you're looking for Atlantis, I'll tell you where it is. It's on the left before you get to Larnaca ... the Atlantis Night Club Cabaret.

"But get there early if you want a seat - it gets quite full."

Source:The Telegraph, London

See also:Cyprus Update

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