The ancient Greek philosopher Plato told the story of Atlantis around 360 B.C. The founders of Atlantis he said, were half God and half human. They created a utopian civilization and became a great naval power. Their home was made up of concentric islands separated by wide moats and linked by a canal that penetrated to the center. The lush islands contained gold, silver and other precious metals and supported an abundance of rare, exotic wildlife. There was a great capital city on the central island.
There are many theories about where it was, either in the Mediterranean, off the coast of Spain or even under what is now Antarctica. Over the years it has been placed in almost every location imaginable around the world.
Plato said it existed about 9,000 years before his own time and that its story had been passed down by poets, priests and others, but Plato's writings about Atlantis are the only known records of its existence.
Few if any scientists think it actually existed. The legend of Atlantis is a story about a moral, spiritual people who lived in a highly advanced, utopian civilization, but they became greedy, petty and 'morally bankrupt' and the Gods became angry because they had lost their way and turned to immoral pursuits so as a punishment, they sent fire and earthquakes which caused Atlantis to sink into the sea.
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