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The Atlantis Dialogue: Plato's Original Story of the Lost City and Continent Paperback – Aug 17 2003

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  • Paperback: 44 pages
  • Publisher: Shepard Publications (Feb. 1 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0938497154
  • ISBN-13: 978-0938497158
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 118 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #465,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A good starting point for anyone wanting to learn more about the origins of the Atlantis myth. -- Midwest Book Review, March 2002-- A

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CRITIAS: Consider then, Socrates, if this narrative is suited to the purpose, or whether we should seek for some other instead. SOCRATES: And what other, Critias, can we find that will be better than this, which is natural and suitable to the festival of the goddess, and has the very great advantage of being a fact and not a fiction? How or where shall we find another if we abandon this? We cannot, and therefore you must tell the tale, and good luck to you; and I in return for my yesterday's discourse will now rest and be a listener. CRITIAS: Let me begin by observing first of all, that nine thousand was the sum of years which had elapsed since the war which was said to have taken place between those who dwelt outside the pillars of Heracles and all who dwelt within them; this war I am going to describe. Of the combatants on the one side, the city of Athens was reported to have been the leader and to have fought out the war; the combatants on the other side were commanded by the kings of Atlantis, which, as I was saying, was an island greater in extent than Libya and Asia, and when afterwards sunk by an earthquake, became an impassable barrier of mud to voyagers sailing from hence to any part of the ocean. The progress of the history will unfold the various nations of barbarians and families of Hellenes which then existed, as they successively appear on the scene; but I must describe first of all Athenians of that day, and their enemies who fought with them, and then the respective powers and governments of the two kingdoms.

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By A Customer on Sept. 28 2001
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This book is really quite intriguing. But, if your looking for great adventure, this isn't the book for you. On the other hand, this book does provide what seems to be a first-hand account of Atlantis. Whether Atlantis turns out to be fact or fiction, this is an interesting read.
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The legendary tale of the lost continent of Atlantis starts in 355 B.C. with the Greek philosopher Plato. Everyone knows this, but what everyone doesn't know is that Plato had planned to write a trilogy of books discussing the nature of man, the creation of the world, and the story of Atlantis, as well as other subjects. As we all know. only the first book was ever completed. The second book was abandoned part way through, and the final book was never even started. Plato used dialogues to express his ideas. This type of writing style is when the author's thoughts are explored in a series of arguments and debates between various characters in the story. Plato often used real people in his dialogues, such as his teacher, Socrates, but the words he gave them were his own. In Plato's book, Timaeus, a character named Kritias tells an account of Atlantis that has been in his family for generations. According to the character, the story was originally told to his ancestor, Solon, by a priest during Solon's visit to Egypt.

There had been a powerful empire located to the west of the Pillars of Hercules (the Straight of Gibraltar) on an island in the Atlantic Ocean. The nation there had been established by Poseidon, the God of the Sea. Poseidon fathered five sets of twins on the island. The firstborn, Atlas, had the continent and the surrounding ocean named for him. Poseidon divided the land into ten sections, each to be ruled by a son, or his heirs. The capital city of Atlantis was a marvel of architecture and engineering. The city was composed of a series of concentric walls and canals. At the very center was a hill, and on top of the hill a temple to Poseidon. Inside was a gold statue of the God of the Sea showing him driving six winged horses.
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HASH(0xa3d78c60) out of 5 stars intro full of bias March 27 2006
By Monarch - Published on Amazon.com
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I was pleased to be able to own in book form this literature by Plato, even if it is available online for free. There is something about having a book in my hand that I truly enjoy. Anyway, I wish this book was JUST Plato's work on Atlantis, not including such a bias intro, calling Plato's story of Atlantis "pure fiction" discounting it as a real possibility of place and history.
26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb4ace108) out of 5 stars The Atlantis Dialogue: A Handy Primer Aug. 11 2006
By Metaphysician - Published on Amazon.com
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The first best thing to do when seriously curious about a legend like Atlantis is to become familiar with the source materials from which it sprang, in order to expose later embellishments. Enhancements added over time commonly render otherwise believable original accounts into fanciful yarns, believable only as myths. (Sorting out the embellishments from legitimate research findings is another task.) This book presents that source account; the whole and nothing but. It is much like an archaeological find; a genuine relic dug up. A bit pricey for its size; its main selling point is convenience: Quick, easy, portable reference, without the bulk of the full dialogues; and its slim enough to fit into a notebook. The editor seems to hint of bias in the introduction; but, the text itself is plain and free of italics, paraphrasing, and other editors' devices, and is not a new translation. To me, this oldest version reads like a new one. I found no mention of lasers, energy vortices, or power crystals. I did find an eerily familiar description of a civilization whose construction and archetectural achievements and innovations were no more astounding, and certainly no less, than those of the Egyptians, Chinese, Romans, Maya, or Inca, most of which remain equally mystifying. I was far more intrigued by the plausibility of this story than by the modern myth it has become. Atlantis must remain a myth until someone finds it. On the other hand; the city Ilios of Troy was also another myth invented by another ancient author for another work of fiction, until it was discovered in 1871 by Heinrich Schliemann, using Homer's Iliad as his guide. If Atlantis can be found, the lead clues are in this work.
23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3f348dc) out of 5 stars A must read for anyone remotely curious about Atlantis Dec 21 2004
By Odysseus - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the source of the whole tale. The translation is 19th century, so if you prefer a more modern style English, you should perhaps look for another book. But I like this old style, long sentences with lots of punctuation marks; kind of varies the pace more than the modern, boring way the language is written--don't you think? Another plus is that it has brought out only the parts from Critias and Timaeus that deal with Atlantis (adn Athens), making it compact.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa42af528) out of 5 stars From a Theatrical point of view March 10 2007
By R. H. Vitale - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed the dialogues immensely, however, one who is looking for a more in depth look into Plato's philosopies on this "Utopic Society, Atlantis", this is not the book. From a theatrical perspective it is great fun and the imagination takes over.
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HASH(0xa6ee37f8) out of 5 stars Atlantis Primer Sept. 5 2008
By Wayne J. Villines - Published on Amazon.com
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In my quest to obtain and read on the story of Atlantis, I learned that only Plato ever actually wrote about it. That being the case, I went in search of the writings that would allow me to see the original story, and not the convoluted versions handled by the Atlanian Conspiritors. That said, I have learned that it was the Timaeus and Critias which it was described.

I am glad I did get this book, I also obtained the Penguin Classics Timaeus and Critias, because I learned a lot. For example: The orininal tale of Atlantis was not about Atlantis only. It was really a tale of Athena and the war Athens had to fight against the Atlanean invaders.

Further, it increased my belief that such places did exist and that Atlantis is probably under the Atlantic ocean due to the wide spread influence Atlantis had, and the further reference to how Athens freed all the other nations, including Lybia and Egypt, from the domination of the Atlanteans.

If you want to simply read about the Athens-Atlantis war and cultures, then this is the book for you. If you want more on the Myth part of the tale, then go for the Penguin Classic, Timaeus and Critias (Warning, Timaeus and Critias removes from the historic reference of Ancient Greece as a polytheistic society and puts it into a duplex theology of a Single God, who made the other