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Quest for the Lost City of Atlantis

A Utopian Society

Thousands of years after it allegedly sank into the depths of the Atlantic Ocean, the lost city of Atlantis remains as one of history's most frustrating puzzles. If such a place existed, Atlantis had a civilization unequalled, yet its chroniclers say that it disappeared in little more than a single day, not leaving a trace.

The oldest surviving explanation of the great island's rise and fall was by the Greek philosopher [ Plato ] in the fourth century B.C. According to Plato's Atlantis had skilled agriculturists who created sweet-scented orchards and where animals of all descriptions flourished.

Within the city were countless mansions were outdone in splendour only by the royal palace and the [ temple ] raised to honour Poseidon. As legend has it, their growing materialism offended the gods and the whole civilization was condemned to a swift and spectacular end according to Plato.

The lost city of Atlantis is often linked with other places of mystery, such as the pyramids of Egypt and the stone slabs of Stonehenge. Unlike these monuments, the land that Plato depicted is no more real than memory or dreams. The belief is that the drowned country's wealth of silver, copper, and gold still glimmers for the discovery on the ocean floor.

Perhaps, some discoverer may retrieve Atlantis's fabled golden tablets, unearthing the laws of a utopian society.

City of Outstanding Grandeur

Foremost amongst the splendours of Plato's Atlantis was the expansive palace compound. It was built on a low hill at the [ centre’s capital ] and ringed by three canals. The edifices that made up the royal abode opened onto a courtyard which contained the temple of Poseidon erected by Atlas, eldest son of Poseidon and the first high king of Atlantis.

The sovereigns succeeding Atlas on the throne were not content to leave this situation of their power as they inherited it. Each king having received it from his predecessor added the adornment surpassing the king prior to him, until finally making it amazing to behold for the magnitude and beauty of its workmanship.

Entering the palace compound, the visitor travelled along a concourse crossing the three canals and passing through portals breaching a wall of brass then a wall of tin and an innermost wall of copper that "sparkled like fire." Within the encirclement of these magnificent barriers were the aristocratic mansions of white and black and red stone.

The grandeur was almost beyond the power of words to describe in fact a utopian society.  Plato wrote that the wealth the Atlantean monarchs possessed was so immense that the “like had never been seen before in any royal house nor will ever easily be seen again.

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Lost City of Atlantis - Utopian society
Poseidon Temple