Re: Any Atlantis Experts?

Diane Cloutier (
Fri, 7 Apr 1995 22:07:33 GMT

In article <> at491@FreeNet.Carleton.CA (Kim Goldberg) writes:
>I would like to find an Atlantis "expert", preferably an
>academic, to give me his/her opinion of the theory put forth
>in this book. Any suggestions of "experts" to contact will
>be much appreciated! Even a suggestion of what dept.
>to approach.
>Kim Goldberg <>
>Nanaimo, B.C.

I'm no academic. But scholarly efforts to anchor this myth that I've
seen fall into two camps:

1. Atlantis reflects murky information on Phoenician Atlantic trade
and exploration ca. 1000-500 B.C.E. - to the Canary or British Isles -
garbled by the Greeks (whom the Phoenicians were not interested in
sharing *accurate* trade information with).

2. Atlantis is a mythicized history of the island of Thera, a center
of Mycenean civilization, the explosion of whose volcano devastated
the entire Aegean. Egyptian contemporaries could have preserved
memories of this Thera and its end, and relayed them to Classical

Without having read the Atlantis=Antarctica book, I suspect it will
rouse little enthusiasm among scholars. But then, anthropologists
with a specialty in Antarctican cultures are rare.

- Tony West (from my wife's address)