“[…] 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.”
In Critias and Timaeus, Plato tells the tale of a utopia devoured by the sea and never seen again. Many are familiar with the myth of Atlantis and most know it to be just that: a fable for the children, a simple story to spark the imagination. But I refuse to believe that. Though there is very little physical evidence to support Atlantis’ existence, there are a few lines in Plato’s dialog that make a convincing argument.
Walking into a room full of ancient artifacts with no knowledge of why they’re in front of my face or what they’re about, I look up and see this fresco with bright, sky-blue daisies on top of a scarlet-maroon base. The colors were slightly faded but you could see that there was more to the painting than what was presented. I was so captivated by this piece of art, all I wanted to do was stare at it. I was curious to see if any other pieces would stand out to me, so I continued to walk around looking at the different paintings and reading up on the history of them. The paintings were filled with creativity and a sense of life. I was able to take a step into the city of Ancient Akrotiri.
In most horror films there is a warning scene right before everything goes down hill. You sit on the edge of your seat and shout at the group not to go into the basement for there is disaster lurking below. However, it is the characters’ decision whether to investigate the noise or get out as fast a possible. In the case of the Minoan eruption the earthquakes and phase 0 are the warning scene. In most horror or thriller films the main character walks toward the impending threat. However this is not the fate for the Minoans, or so we believe.
As a child, the lost city of Atlantis fascinated me. How could an entire empire just vanish in the blink of an eye without a trace? Before coming to Santorini my teacher sent out an article on Facebook about the possibility of Atlantis be in Santorini. After reading and talking to Lisa it was clear that there is real geological evidence for Atlantis being in Santorini. Continue reading “Under the Sea Darling its Better!”
Who among us has not at some point been interested in mythology? The stories? The drama? The art? Ever since I was little I have loved mythology. Was it because Hercules was the first movie I ever saw in movie theaters? Maybe. But the gods and goddesses of Ancient Greece have been captivating people for centuries because of their elaborate and dramatic backstories and lives. It’s rare to find a collection of stories so complex and rooted in such spectacular architecture, sculptures, and history.
There’s the saying “a wise man built his house upon a rock,” and the people of Sparta did just that when choosing the location for Ancient Thera. Our class recently went to the ancient Spartan’s house upon a massive rock: the site of Ancient Thera.
“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” (1).
The myth of Atlantis is one of the oldest tales of mankind; the story of a great utopia swallowed by the sea. Over time, many connections have been made that suggest the Greek island of Santorini was once the flourishing city of Atlantis and that it was the island’s most recent volcanic eruption that led to the rapid disappearance of this fabled civilization.