Have you ever heard of the mysterious and mythical city of Atlantis? If so, there is a huge chance that you probably first heard about it through films such as Alien from L.A, DC’s Aquaman, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, and many more. The city is represented as a utopian civilization made up of concentric islands separated by moats and are linked by a canal that penetrated towards the center of the city. To visualize and implement the city to be apart of today’s modern society creates the obvious assumption that the story is complete fiction. Even with today’s technology, no island nor city could even come close to match the descriptions and characteristics of Atlantis, especially 2000 years ago. Surely, the story is a complete fiction.. right?
The origins of Atlantis was first written and created by a Greek Philosopher, Plato through his book Timaeus and Critias. Atlantis was a utopian city, and that it was destroyed due to constant corruption and greed of humans. He wrote that the God of sea, Poseidon, destroyed the city due to the sins and imperfect human nature. Historians viewed that the use of Poseidon acts as an analogy to a natural disaster. However, the manner in which he described Atlantis was very detailed that it seemed as though he was writing it based on history, which is weird as the existence of Atlantis was way before Plato himself was even born. Society views the story of Atlantis simply as fiction and more of a fairy tale, as the city possesses advanced technology and has a futuristic society that seems unnatural and impossible.
However, there was a particular event which hinted the existence of Atlantis was in fact real. In 1870, a man was reading a book called The Iliad, which takes place in a lost town called Troy. Whilst reading the book, the man was inspired by the story to the point where he wondered if Troy really existed, as the location and coordinates mentioned were real. It turns out that the city ‘Troy’ written in the book The Iliad was indeed real. There was a real town that matches the characteristics and descriptions of Troy. This then led to the people to speculate what if the ‘fictional’ and ‘ancient’ cities (such as Troy and Atlantis) mentioned and theorized by ancient philosophers were not based on a fairy tale, but rather of a true historical event.
Although the existence of Atlantis was entirely based on speculation, there are people who believe the theory that Atlantis was in fact real. Scientists have managed to find historic items or events that matched the descriptions of Atlantis. However, there is no scientific evidence that could prove that Atlantis was in fact real. For now, society have yet to fully come to a conclusion on the existence of Atlantis. But you never know, the beautiful and utopian city that you’ve seen and imagined could be real.
Written by: Mikhail Burman