Atlantis (ətlăntĬs, ăt–), in Greek legend, large island in the western sea (the Atlantic Ocean). Plato, in his dialogues the Timaeus and the Critias, tells of the high civilization that flourished there before the island was destroyed by an earthquake. The legend persists, and societies for the discovery of Atlantis remain active. Plato described Atlantis as an ideal state, and the name is considered synonymous with Utopia. Francis Bacon called his account of the ideal state The New Atlantis.

See Z. Kukan, Atlantis in the Light of Modern Research (1984); C. Pellegrino, Unearthing Atlantis (1991); E. Zangger, The Flood from Heaven (1992).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

Atlantis: Selected full-text books and articles

Atlantis: The Evidence of Science
Emmet Sweeney.
Algora, 2010
Ancient Astronauts, Cosmic Collisions, and Other Popular Theories about Man's Past
William H. Stiebing Jr.
Prometheus Books, 1984
Librarian’s tip: Chap. II "Atlantis, the Sunken Continent"
FREE! The Myths of Plato
J. A. Stewart; Plato.
MacMillan, 1905
Librarian’s tip: "The Atlantis Myth" begins on p. 457
Greece before History: An Archaeological Companion and Guide
Curtis Runnels; Priscilla Murray.
Stanford University Press, 2001
Librarian’s tip: Chap. Six "Santorini and the Legend of Atlantis"
Scientists and Scoundrels: A Book of Hoaxes
Jerome Snyder; Robert Silverberg.
Thomas Y. Crowell, 1965
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 8 "Paul Schliemann and the Lost Continent of Atlantis"
Mound Builders of Ancient America: The Archaeology of a Myth
Robert Silverberg.
New York Graphic Society, 1968
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Atlantis begins on p. 190
Imagining the World: Mythical Belief versus Reality in Global Encounters
O. R. Dathorne.
Bergin & Garvey, 1994
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Atlantis begins on p. 28
Utopia; New Atlantis; The Isle of Pines
Susan Bruce; Thomas More; Francis Bacon; Henry Neville.
Oxford University Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: "New Atlantis" begins on p. xxvii and "New Atlantis: A Work Unfinished" begin on p. 151
Uncovering the Past: A History of Archaeology
William H. Stiebing Jr.
Prometheus Books, 1993
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Atlantis begins on p. 191
The End of the World
Eric S. Rabkin; Martin H. Greenberg; Joseph D. Olander.
Southern Illinois University Press, 1983
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Atlantis begins on p. 85
The Lost Worlds Romance: From Dawn till Dusk
Allienne R. Becker.
Greenwood Press, 1992
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Atlantis begins on p. 43
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