Mythos Monday: Finding Atlantis

Welcome to Mythos Monday.  The chance to discover the truth behind the myth.  On today’s menu?  The lost city of Atlantis.

Yeah, yeah, I know.  It’s not real.  The scientists say so.  Even if it was real, it was probably really based on the eruption of Thera which resulted in the destruction of the Minoan culture.

Whatever.

I’m a writer.  If I want to believe in the lost city of Atlantis, then by golly I will!

I’m sure you’ve all heard lots of stories surrounding Atlantis.  What it was.  What its people were like.  Where it was.  How it was destroyed.  There are loads of stories out there.

They’re all wrong.

Here’s the truth:

Ten thousand years ago, the sun was dying.  Even worse, a deadly virus sprang up out of nowhere killing billions.  There was only one choice: flee.

So, a dying race of people left their world for ours.  They built a new city on Earth and called it Atlantis.  It was a beautiful city full of wonders and magic.  Well, the local humans called it magic, but remember this was an advanced species.  So was it really magic?  Or just incredibly advanced technology?

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”  Arthur C. Clarke“Profiles of The Future”, 1961 (Clarke’s third law)

I guess we’ll never know.  But that wasn’t the problem.  The problem was, the Atlanteans brought the virus with them.  When the virus escaped Atlantis and came into contact with the human population … well, let’s just say it wasn’t pretty.  You can read all about it in Kissed by Darkness.  I think you’ll be surprised.  I know Morgan Bailey was when she discovered the truth!

Needless to say, the only way to stop the virus and save humanity (in the mind of a priest admittedly going slowly insane) was to destroy Atlantis.  It didn’t take a night and a day.  Just one big BOOM!

And in that one act of destruction, an entire people was lost, and a legend was born.

So, what do you think?  Was there a real Atlantis?  Where do you think it was?  What’s your favorite Atlantis myth?

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10 thoughts on “Mythos Monday: Finding Atlantis

  1. I have Kissed by Darkness on my Nook. I think I need to bring it up higher on my to-read list because it SOUNDS AWESOME every time you post about it. Stupid indie world, cluttering up my Nook, only so many hours in the day, etc etc. *grumble grumble*

  2. I liked the story they built in Stargate. There’ve been a couple of sites found this year that place it in Portugal. The original site would be coastal, north of Gibraltar (Pillars of Hercules). After it was crushed by tsunami, the rebuilt inland. The city they’re theorizing to have been Atlantis survived long enough to be a middle east trade partner within the time range of biblical history but under a different name that I don’t recall at the moment.

    1. Stargate rocked.

      If you can remember the name of the city, that would be cool to know. I think the whole thing is just fascinating. I love watching documentaries on the hunt for Atlantis.

  3. Dear Shea,
    Hi! Five hundred years ago, a book called The Malay Annals (Sulalat us Sulatin) was written, detailing the chronicles of the Malay world. In it, the author described the undersea kingdom of Dika, ruled by its king Artabul Ard and his daughter, Mahtabul Bahri. The people of Dika had magical flying horses called the Semberani.

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