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Plato, Prehistorian: 10000 To 5000 Bc in Myth and Archaeology Hardcover – April, 1987


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Rotenberg Press (April 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0961733314
  • ISBN-13: 978-0961733315
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 7.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,974,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth Peters on June 20, 2009
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You will never look at the story of Atlantis, European pre-history, and the interplay between archaeology fact and interpretation the same way, after reading this. This is not just a book about myth and archaeology - this is a case study in looking at prehistory with an eye to spatial relationships. Recommended to my by by geography professor, I could not put this book down after I started reading. It turns everything you thought you knew about the Neolithic upside down, simply by giving a new spin on existing evidence.

This is the book you get everyone with even a passing interesting in prehistory, Atlantis (yes, even the crazies), and historical geography. Read it after Cunliffe's 'Europe Between the Oceans' to get a better grounding on the locations and conventional narrative.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Kiersky VINE VOICE on June 26, 2010
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I recently got another copy of a little book called "Lost Atlantis" just after starting to re-read my first one -- due to great interest in the general area of proving some older cultures being older than previously reckoned, wider than previously reckoned [with wider communication via maritime and overland linkage] and more advanced in arts, crafts and science than previously reckoned -- AND a specific interest in associated linkages to "Atlantis" -- an Atlantic maritime oriented culture-complex spreading influence from West-to-East -- that interacts with the building culture-complex spreading from East-to-West. There is a related interest in just how Oldest Egypt ties in with all of this -- being in a semi-isolated but central position relative to Mediterrania and Eurasia. Related to that is a yet another major interest in finding possible confirmation of Plato's given outline of all of the above -- in geographical space and cultural time in particular. "Lost Atlantis" indeed helped my quest due its usage of known verifiable data, facts and ideas to explore some general and specific questions about "Atlantis" [Atlantic advanced maritime culture-complex]. This little book -- while full of personal speculation of Author James Bramwell -- successfully begins support for Plato [and therefore Plato's Egyptian source] being at least correct overall. So it was with great interest that I opened "Plato Prehsitorian" -- coming upon a bold Introduction that I feel is worth quoting from its start ["The Collapse of the Old Model"].

"The more we learn about early man, the more difficult it is to describe him as primitive.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Peter C. Patton on October 2, 2010
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Plato Prehistorian is not only a significant contribution to European and Ancient Near Eastern prehistory, it is a model of clarity for the developing new methodology in prehistorical research. The book is beautifully produced and very well illustrated. The author is an excellent writer and makes a her large synthesis over space and time quite accessable to her reader. Civilization began with the invention of agriculture, not writing, and this happened 6000 years before writing did. She dips the string of Plato's speculative story of an already then ancient Atlantean/European war into a supersaturated solution of unstructured archeological data and behold it crystalizes like a sugar solution into crystals on her string. Archeology is always burdened by an over-abundance of insufficient data seeking a plausable hypothesis. Our most promising tool in organizing the evidence of prehistorical material remains is the faint echo of unwritten prehistory in the form of myth and legend. Surely every myth or legend is wrapped around the kernel of an actual event but the problem is that there are multiple variants of the important ones and disambiguating them takes a great deal of finesse. This author is rather accomplished at that sort of finesse.
Prof. P. C. Patton, Ph.D.
Oklahoma Christian University
Formerly Director, Center for Ancient Studies, Univ of Minn.
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