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The History of Atlantis (Dover Occult) Paperback – March 24, 2003


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Product Details

  • Series: Dover Occult
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (March 24, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486427102
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486427102
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,093,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lewis Spence was a Scottish historian (1874-1955) who is best known for his volumes on world mythology and his five Atlantis books. The History of Atlantis (1926) is considered his finest. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 7, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Spence picks up some loose ends Donelly could not tie in his book 'Atlantis'. Explanations for the pre-atlantean giants, antediluvians, and the subsequent diaspora. If you are interested in 'factual' Atlantis, or theoretical History, then you should get this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on April 5, 2009
Format: Paperback
The myth and legend of Atlantis has captivated readers for ages. "The History of Atlantis" is a reprint of one of the earliest books on the subject, originally printed in 1926. Seeking he basis of the mythology from countless sources such as Egyptian history, Aztec records, and more. For anyone with an even a mild fascination with Atlantis, "The History Atlantis" gives readers a good deal to enjoy and then some.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Filler Joe on May 23, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Despite the fact that my copy was a horrendous facsimile littered with formatting errors, I still found the text's overall content to be intriguing and useful. Basically, what the writer does is that he takes background information from various sources throughout history and pulls whatever he can find to support the idea that an Atlantis existed and takes that information even further in an attempt to reveal what that ancient civilization was like.

It's kind of like explaining what a person's life was like a hundred years ago after sifting through his leftover belongings. Sure, it's possible, but you're not going to get every detail right unless you're an amazing psychic--so take the information with a grain of salt.

What I like most about this book is that it led me to other sources I could access to learn more about the possibility of an Atlantis. For instance, before I read this book, I had no idea that corn and bananas could be used to support a former land mass in the Atlantic. Yes, the origin of corn is mysterious, and its use across the globe is best explained when one considers something like a seafaring race of Atlanteans in the Atlantic. Interesting, eh?
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By enlightened on March 3, 2009
Format: Paperback
I was interested in atlantis after watching the series"Stargate Atlantis".The book takes on a simplistic approach to explain the myths and historical assumed evidence of the existence of atlantis.This is surely the start of my adventure !
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