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The Atlantis Dialogue: Plato's Original Story of the Lost City and Continent [Kindle Edition]

Plato , Aaron Shepard , B. Jowett
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Atlantis was first introduced by the Greek philosopher Plato in two "dialogues" he wrote in the fourth century B.C. His tale of a great empire that sank beneath the waves -- a tale that Plato never even finished -- has sparked thousands of years of debate over whether Atlantis really existed. But did Plato mean his tale as history, or just as a parable to help illustrate his philosophy?
 
In "The Atlantis Dialogue," you'll find everything Plato said about Atlantis, in the context he intended. Now you can read and judge for yourself!
 
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"An easy read . . . Provides a good starting point for anyone wanting to learn more about the Atlantis myth." -- Judy Justice, Midwest Book Review, Mar. 2002 (Reviewer’s Choice)
 
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CRITIAS: Consider then, Socrates, if this narrative is suited to the purpose, or whether we should seek for some other instead.
 
SOCRATES: And what other, Critias, can we find that will be better than this, which is natural and suitable to the festival of the goddess, and has the very great advantage of being a fact and not a fiction? How or where shall we find another if we abandon this? We cannot, and therefore you must tell the tale, and good luck to you; and I in return for my yesterday's discourse will now rest and be a listener.
 
CRITIAS: Let me begin by observing first of all, that nine thousand was the sum of years which had elapsed since the war which was said to have taken place between those who dwelt outside the pillars of Heracles and all who dwelt within them; this war I am going to describe. Of the combatants on the one side, the city of Athens was reported to have been the leader and to have fought out the war; the combatants on the other side were commanded by the kings of Atlantis, which, as I was saying, was an island greater in extent than Libya and Asia, and when afterwards sunk by an earthquake, became an impassable barrier of mud to voyagers sailing from hence to any part of the ocean. The progress of the history will unfold the various nations of barbarians and families of Hellenes which then existed, as they successively appear on the scene; but I must describe first of all Athenians of that day, and their enemies who fought with them, and then the respective powers and governments of the two kingdoms.
 


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"An easy read . . . Provides a good starting point for anyone wanting to learn more about the Atlantis myth." -- Judy Justice, Midwest Book Review, Mar. 2002 (Reviewer's Choice)
 
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CRITIAS: Consider then, Socrates, if this narrative is suited to the purpose, or whether we should seek for some other instead.
 
SOCRATES: And what other, Critias, can we find that will be better than this, which is natural and suitable to the festival of the goddess, and has the very great advantage of being a fact and not a fiction? How or where shall we find another if we abandon this? We cannot, and therefore you must tell the tale, and good luck to you; and I in return for my yesterday's discourse will now rest and be a listener.
 
CRITIAS: Let me begin by observing first of all, that nine thousand was the sum of years which had elapsed since the war which was said to have taken place between those who dwelt outside the pillars of Heracles and all who dwelt within them; this war I am going to describe. Of the combatants on the one side, the city of Athens was reported to have been the leader and to have fought out the war; the combatants on the other side were commanded by the kings of Atlantis, which, as I was saying, was an island greater in extent than Libya and Asia, and when afterwards sunk by an earthquake, became an impassable barrier of mud to voyagers sailing from hence to any part of the ocean. The progress of the history will unfold the various nations of barbarians and families of Hellenes which then existed, as they successively appear on the scene; but I must describe first of all Athenians of that day, and their enemies who fought with them, and then the respective powers and governments of the two kingdoms.
 

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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars intro full of bias March 27, 2006
By Monarch
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I was pleased to be able to own in book form this literature by Plato, even if it is available online for free. There is something about having a book in my hand that I truly enjoy. Anyway, I wish this book was JUST Plato's work on Atlantis, not including such a bias intro, calling Plato's story of Atlantis "pure fiction" discounting it as a real possibility of place and history.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Atlantis Dialogue: A Handy Primer August 11, 2006
Format:Paperback
The first best thing to do when seriously curious about a legend like Atlantis is to become familiar with the source materials from which it sprang, in order to expose later embellishments. Enhancements added over time commonly render otherwise believable original accounts into fanciful yarns, believable only as myths. (Sorting out the embellishments from legitimate research findings is another task.) This book presents that source account; the whole and nothing but. It is much like an archaeological find; a genuine relic dug up. A bit pricey for its size; its main sellig point is convenience: Quick, easy, portable reference, without the bulk of the full dialogues; and its slim enough to fit into a notebook. The editor seems to hint of bias in the introduction; but, the text itself is plain and free of italics, paraphrasing, and other editors' devices, and is not a new translation. To me, this oldest version reads like a new one. I found no mention of lasers, energy vortices, or power crystals. I did find an eerily familiar description of a civilization whose construction and archetectural achievements and innovations were no more astounding, and certainly no less, than those of the Egyptians, Chinese, Romans, Maya, or Inca, most of which remain equally mystifying. I was far more intrigued by the plausibility of this story than by the modern myth it has become. Atlantis must remain a myth until someone finds it. On the other hand; the city Ilios of Troy was also another myth invented by another ancient author for another work of fiction, until it was discovered in 1871 by Heinrich Schliemann, using Homer's Iliad as his guide. If Atlantis can be found, the lead clues are in this work.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for anyone remotely curious about Atlantis December 21, 2004
Format:Paperback
This is the source of the whole tale. The translation is 19th century, so if you prefer a more modern style English, you should perhaps look for another book. But I like this old style, long sentences with lots of punctuation marks; kind of varies the pace more than the modern, boring way the language is written--don't you think? Another plus is that it has brought out only the parts from Critias and Timaeus that deal with Atlantis (adn Athens), making it compact.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars From a Theatrical point of view March 10, 2007
Format:Paperback
I enjoyed the dialogues immensely, however, one who is looking for a more in depth look into Plato's philosopies on this "Utopic Society, Atlantis", this is not the book. From a theatrical perspective it is great fun and the imagination takes over.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Disappointment February 22, 2006
By Chris
Format:Paperback
While the content of the book was quite interesting, all the author did was combine Plato's dialogues of Timaeus and Critias which are free in various formats on the Internet. I already had them and was expecting more than a mere title change. The author's opinion of Plato's work can be viewed on the back cover where he quotes Socrates in bold italics "... what a lot of lies this young man is telling about me!" As far as I see it, he is merely using the popularity of the name Atlantis to fund a self-publishing enterprise. P.S. Kudos to Plato.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Atlantis Primer September 5, 2008
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In my quest to obtain and read on the story of Atlantis, I learned that only Plato ever actually wrote about it. That being the case, I went in search of the writings that would allow me to see the original story, and not the convoluted versions handled by the Atlanian Conspiritors. That said, I have learned that it was the Timaeus and Critias which it was described.

I am glad I did get this book, I also obtained the Penguin Classics Timaeus and Critias, because I learned a lot. For example: The orininal tale of Atlantis was not about Atlantis only. It was really a tale of Athena and the war Athens had to fight against the Atlanean invaders.

Further, it increased my belief that such places did exist and that Atlantis is probably under the Atlantic ocean due to the wide spread influence Atlantis had, and the further reference to how Athens freed all the other nations, including Lybia and Egypt, from the domination of the Atlanteans.

If you want to simply read about the Athens-Atlantis war and cultures, then this is the book for you. If you want more on the Myth part of the tale, then go for the Penguin Classic, Timaeus and Critias (Warning, Timaeus and Critias removes from the historic reference of Ancient Greece as a polytheistic society and puts it into a duplex theology of a Single God, who made the other
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Plato's dialogue defending Atlantis as fact, not myth. November 8, 2013
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The myth of Atlantis pervades and informs Western Philosophical and Fantastical thought. Here is where it all starts with Plato's dialogue where Critias explains to Socrates that Atlantis is a fact and not a myth. We get a thorough description of Atlantis, where it is in the Atlantic Ocean, how it is laid out, and how the various classes of people live. Sadly, it ends before we hear all that Critias has to tell. The Atlantis Dialogue is unfinished. Everyone who studies Western history should read this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars plato's plan, or ?
This fairly short discussion has endured many many years of study and much disciplined theory, all coming to the same conclusion: is it real, or supposed? Read more
Published 1 month ago by corbpi
1.0 out of 5 stars should have paid more attn in school
I am too stupid to under stand it
Published 1 month ago by THAD H. FIFE
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have Reference for Atlantis
This book has been the basis of much of my writings of Atlantis. I have quoted it extensively in my newest book, Atlantis - Final Days. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sharon D. Anderson, Ph.D.
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the story
Overall, I enjoyed the story. I wouldn't have found it had it not been for reading another book by Mr. Shepard. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Fred W. Townsend
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
Its a worthwhile read for anyone that has any interest in this sort of thing. I enjoyed it and would recommend it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not a great story but at least short
While interesting the dialogue spends little time on the subject of Atlantis, it does however let me know that the stories of Atlantis are mostly embellishments
Published 6 months ago by Gonzalo Rivero
4.0 out of 5 stars Oh, the morons wouldn't like this!
Remember reading this as a class assignment many, many years ago. Forgot almost all and re-reading was a treat. Read more
Published 6 months ago by wfm
3.0 out of 5 stars Little-Known Plato for the fanatical philosopher
I vaguely remembered this from my days as a Philosophy Major. It's the great Greek's way of framing his idea of a perfect society, though many of us in this era would have some... Read more
Published 7 months ago by William T. Masonis
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the great stories of all times
These dialogues form the basis for so many modern movie and television themes that is interesting to read the original to find out where they came from. Read more
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Aaron Shepard is the award-winning author of numerous children's books, as well as books on reader's theater, children's writing, and publishing. He lives with his wife and fellow author, Anne L. Watson, in Friday Harbor, Washington.


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