Plato, the Atlantis legend and Santorini
Teacher: Dario Bollacasa
Atlantis was, according to one legend, an island in the Atlantic Ocean, lying west of the Strait of Gibraltar. The principal sources for the legend are two of Platos’s dialogues, Timaeus and Critias. Plato describes how Egyptian priests, in conversation with the Athenian lawgiver Solon, described Atlantis as a large island situated just beyond the Pillars of Hercules. About 9,000 years before the birth of Solon, the priests said, Atlantis was a rich island ruled by powerful princes who eventually became wicked and impious, and their island was swallowed up by the sea as a result of earthquakes. Ancient and modern explorers looked for it in the seas and oceans. Did Atlantis, the great magical city in the water, really exist or was it the site of a gigantic volcanic explosion where Santorini is now?
This is an Adult Education class with 1 single session.