I’m not sure what ancient tablets he used exactly and how much of this came out of his imagination, but it was a pretty neat read either way. This wa...more I’m not sure what ancient tablets he used exactly and how much of this came out of his imagination, but it was a pretty neat read either way. This was the first book I’ve read by this author, but I guess he’s real famous and has been writing stuff like this for years. It’s all about how these aliens came to Earth thousands of years ago to get gold to fix their atmosphere. Then, they made humans to help them mine the gold. I thought it was a pretty neat book, and the theories all came together nicely. I’m going to read some more of this guy’s stuff and try to learn more about the tablets that he translated to get this info. Apparently, Sitchin has been translating writings from ancient civilizations for many years and that’s where he came up with the theories that make up his books. It sounds believable to me, but I’m a primary source kind of guy; so I’d think it was a good time to read a book that just presented the source materials themselves with commentaries about their possible meanings. Looking at the website it seems like this author has done some lectures that are on DVD about the original writings, but I’ll have to get those some other time. I had to read this book over the course of a couple days because there are lots of funny names you have to keep track of and it seemed like it would be best to read the book quick before I forgot who was who. It was a quick read, though, and I liked the perspective and theories; made a believer out of me. Definitely worth reading if your interested in that sort of thing. I’m finishing up another book right now called The Sirius Mystery which is about the same topic; I’ll try to write some notes about it when I finish it. Another classic book on this field, for those who are interested, is a book called Chariots of the Gods. I read that near the end of last year and meant to write some notes on it, but never got around to it. I liked it, though, and would recommend it if someone was interested in learning more about these theories. (less)
This book talks about the theory that the lost city of Atlantis that people have been searching for since Plato described it in...moreUnearthing Atlantis –
This book talks about the theory that the lost city of Atlantis that people have been searching for since Plato described it in one of his stories is actually a reference to the Minoan civilization that dominated the Mediterranean before the Greeks. In his story, Plato describes a place that had a great deal of power and very advanced technology. Since Plato, and especially in more modern times, people have come with several ideas about where and what Atlantis might have been. A good deal about what we “know” about Atlantis has come from people who allegedly “channeled” Atlanteans using psychic powers: this is where all the legends of magic powers, space craft and alien beings come from. I’ve never put much stock in channeling, but I’ve also never tried it, so maybe I’m not the right person to be judging it; the story that this book presents, however, seems much more credible.
This book isn’t about magical beings or mystical powers: it’s really just a book about archeology. It mostly focuses on a city from the Minoan civilization on an island called Thera that was covered when the Volcano on the island exploded a few thousand years ago. Because it was covered under the volcanic debris, the city was well preserved when the archeologists found in the middle of the twentieth-century. One of the most notable things about this city is that it had indoor plumbing with hot and cold running water. The author postulates that this, among other things, is an example of the advanced technology that Plato talks about when he is describing Atlantis over a thousand years later. So, there were no space ships or anything like that, but there were things that would have seemed quite advanced at the time: after the Minoan civilization was destroyed, humanity did not discover indoor plumbing again until thousands of years later.
Apparently, not much is known about the Minoan civilization except for they were advanced culturally and dominated the Mediterranean during their time. According to this book, it seems that it was a peaceful civilization, and that their art, culture and technology advanced so quickly at least partly because the island geography of the area caused a competition that was dominated by a need to progress in order to survive with the resources available rather than from a fear of conquest from neighboring peoples or corrupt rulers. The book goes into quite a bit of details on all of these points, but that’s sort of what I understood in a nutshell. The Minoans also had a language that is somewhat linguistically independent from other known languages, and although we have discovered various artifacts that include samples of this writing, we are still not capable of translating it.
The central hypothesis of this book was that after the volcano on Thera erupted in the biggest explosion that the earth had seen in a long period of geologic time, the aftermath (which included a false winter and the essential destruction of neighboring islands) was so damaging that the Minoan civilization that existed on the surrounding islands collapsed as a result. This weakened state created an opportunity for the Greeks to conquer these islands and wipe out the Minoan culture.
The legend of Atlantis then came to be over a thousand years later when Plato heard the story from a relative who had heard the story from some one, who had heard the story from some one else all the way back to the person who originally heard story several hundred years before. This person was a Greek politician that decided to take a vacation in Egypt during some heated political times. While there, he spent some time with an Egyptian librarian who told him the story of an ancient civilization that had existed a long time before. He said that the Greeks had forgotten about this civilization, but that the history found in the Egyptian libraries went back a long ways, so that’s how the Egyptians knew about. I guess that most of the Egyptian books and records were later destroyed when some bishop ordered the library of Alexandria burned to the ground during the dark ages; Alexander the Great had consolidated all of the Egyptian records there after he conquered Egypt back in the day (or something like that; remember, like Grandpa Simpson, I pieced most of what I know about history together from what I read on the back of sugar packets.) So, unfortunately we don’t have those ancient books anymore. The main effect this book had on me is I now want to learn more about the Minoans and the ancient Egyptians. (less)