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The History of Atlantis

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Atlantis has fascinated scholars and occultists for centuries since Plato wrote about the sunken city in Timaeus and Critias. Whether Plato was presenting Atlantis as factual history or merely as a philosophical device, Lewis Spence's The History of Atlantis has ensured that the fascination with Plato's story has continued to the present day. Spence, despite his reputation ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published September 16th 2005 by Barnes & Noble (first published January 1st 1968)
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"But that Shakespeare had at least some memory of the Atlantis story at the back of his mind when he set the scene on his TEMPEST in a fantastic Atlantic isle, seems not improbable."

It is, no doubt, a topic that stirs anyone’s imagination: Atlantis, the lost, sunken continent.

Was it real? Why and when was it sunken? Who were the Atlanteans? Their races? Their descendants? Their kings and lineages? what was the geology and flaura and fauna of the place? What connection to Egypt and Greece (Ath
Jan 16, 2013 kingshearte rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, 2012
This book took me a very long time to slog through because it was very very dull. Dull enough that my mind would start to wander in the middle of a sentence, and therefore I started to lose track of what I was even reading. Frankly, the only reason I finished it at all was because I couldn't find a copy to borrow, and so purchased the e-book, and, having spent money on it, felt like I needed to actually read the thing. There were aspects of it that were interesting, like the very idea that it ac ...more
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Nov 10, 2012 Victoria Adams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, this week we are back with a bang reviewing interesting and, perhaps, rather obscure texts on subjects of interest. I have chosen to review two titles together primarily because they represent the foundation of modern thought on that mystic island in the sea, Atlantis. Each has a slightly different perspective. If you are truly interested in Atlantis and lost civilizations, these books provide much food for thought.

The “book that started it all” was entitled Atlantis, The Antediluvian World.
Aug 27, 2015 Pat rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Much of this book is deadly dull. The writing style is stodgy, more like a scientific paper. Since it was written in 1929, I think a lot of the examples have been disproven, or at least tempered, by later archaeological finds and geologic theories. I did enjoy the summary of Plato and of the various myths.
My main interest in this book was to delve into the idea of Atlantis as an ancient homeland and/or place of origin for the Aryan race. This is an overview of various ideas or theories involving the who, what, where and when of the Atlantis legends. There are a lot of theories out there that are feasable both through deciphering the legends and folklore pertaining to Atlantis as well as from the science and geology end of things. I have no doubt that Atlantis did actually exist and that it was Ar ...more
Jul 12, 2014 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Interesting but odd book about the existence of Atlantis - who knew.
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After graduating from Edinburgh University he pursued a career in journalism. In 1899 he married Helen Bruce. He was an editor at The Scotsman 1899-1906, editor of The Edinburgh Magazine for a year, 1904–05, then an editor at The British Weekly, 1906-09. In this time his interest was sparked in the myth and folklore of Mexico and Central America, resulting in his popularisation of the Mayan Popul ...more
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