Atlantis Classical Reference


Traditional reference to the myth of Atlantis

One vital classical source for the Atlantis legend
and its remembrance, is from two dialogues written
by Plato, in Timaeus and Critias.
It is described as an island in the Atlantic Ocean.
In Timaeus and Critias, Solon, an Athenian and
prominent statesman c. 6th c. BCE, described the
island as a country bigger than Asia and Libya,
beyond the Pillar of Hercules. Libya here, is referring
to the Mediterranean coast of North Africa; and Asia
may refer to Asia Minor. This description makes
Atlantis seem continent-size, but Plato’s measurements
and the dialogue make Atlantis land mass differentiate.
It was said, by Solon, to contain a number of small
islands around it. Atlantis was said to have existed
9,000 years before his time, as an ideal commonwealth.
In truth, its name was not “Atlantis,” but this was
coined as a descriptive term in the nineteenth-century.

Helena Blavatsky’s writings agree, and know that Plato was an initiate of the Sanctuary, and veiled his language. 9,000 years had elapsed since a war of the nations occurred, both Critias and Timaeus concludes, and the last portion of Atlantis had began gradually sinking. Certain historians take this to be but an allegory.

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