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Imagining Atlantis

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Ever since Plato created the legend of the lost island of Atlantis, it has maintained a uniquely strong grip on the human imagination. For two and a half millennia, the story of the city and its catastrophic downfall has inspired people--from Francis Bacon to Jules Verne to Jacques Cousteau--to speculate on the island's origins, nature, and location, and sometimes even to ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published August 10th 1999 by Vintage (first published 1998)
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Joseph Soltero
Sep 09, 2007 Joseph Soltero rated it really liked it
Engaging, Well-Researched, Fascinating!

"Imagining Atlantis" is a well-researched, highly detailed, and fascinating book about how generations following Plato's have conceived of the fabled island.
Although Ellis outlines his book chronologically, starting with what Plato actually said, and continues from there, most of the book covers 18th- to 20th-century dealings with the legend, from Atlantis in fiction, mysticism, archeology/geology, and even films.

Ellis presents each story vivdly and objec
Jeremiah Genest
Feb 14, 2008 Jeremiah Genest rated it really liked it
Shelves: occult, eliptony
Probably the easiest to read one-stop shopping overview of Atlantis craziness out there.
Mark Isaak
Sep 05, 2016 Mark Isaak rated it liked it
This may be the best review of Atlantis literature there is. Ellis covers all the major players, including a chapter on prominent fiction, pointing out even non-obvious flaws in their scholarship. Although the book's content is good, the writing itself is often disorganized and repetitious, and Ellis is not scrupulous about providing references. Also, it is uneven, devoting almost as many pages to the hypothesis of Atlantis inspired by Thera's eruption as to all other hypotheses combined. (To so ...more
Ryan Scicluna
May 14, 2013 Ryan Scicluna rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A Hard book to read but worth it. This book does not focus only on Atlantis but on the whole discipline of studying Atlantis. It talks about Volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, Greek History, the Minoans, and all the topics related to Atlantis and where people think it was. The book even dedicates a chapter for Atlantis in fiction and entertainment. It is the best book about Atlantis anyone could buy. I must say that the arguments presented made sense logically and each and every hypothesis was ex ...more
Mar 12, 2011 Catherine rated it liked it
It was extremely well researched, and I liked the stories of the crackpot scientists who believed Atlanteans were seven feet tall and had crazy backwards feet...the stories of the bull jumpers in Knossos and Akrotiri were great, too, but a lot of it read like a research paper or a dissertation when I was hoping for a more pleasurable read about this mythic city.
Jeb Card
Oct 12, 2010 Jeb Card rated it really liked it
A thorough one-stop-shop for examining ideas about Atlantis, from the very origin of the story with Plato through various myths, films, and stories to the present. For my taste, spends too much time on the Minoan/Thera explanation, showing that it has real problems, but given how this has become conventional wisdom, a skeptical approach to it is probably a good thing.
Jasmin Wall
Feb 07, 2013 Jasmin Wall rated it really liked it
Researching the research that has been done in regards to Atlantis is a heady task to accomplish. Luckily, Ellis has done it for you. A great round-up of the history of Atlantean Theory.
Oct 25, 2012 Elizabeth marked it as to-read
As heard on the Science Times podcast.
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Richard Ellis is a celebrated authority on marine biology and America’s foremost marine life artist whose work has been exhibited worldwide. His nine books include The Search for the Giant Squid (a Publishers Weekly 1998 Best Book of the Year), Great White Shark, Encyclopedia of the Sea, Men and Whales, Monsters of the Sea, Deep Atlantic The Book of Whales, and Imagining Atlantis.
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