The History of Atlantis – J. A. Bove
When one thinks about the history of Atlantis, it’s relatively easy to discover its origins. The Greek philosopher Plato first mentioned the lost city in his dialogue Timaeus and Critias written back in roughly 355-360 BC. Many believed the dialogues were meant to be a trilogy discussing such things as the nature of man and the creation of the world. Plato first described Atlantis as a naval power lying in front of the Pillars of Hercules. Unfortunately, only the first book Timaeus was written, because Critias was never completed. The introduction of the concept alone though, was enough to mesmerize audiences for the next couple of thousand years and beyond.
The idea of Atlantis, in itself, has been written about or eluded to time and time again in such classic books as Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, to J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Silmarillion, and to Arthur Conan Doyle’s, The Maracot Deep. Even such contemporary authors from Clive Cussler to David Gemmel have tackled the idea. This is not to mention the countless number of movies released on the subject from as recent as 2008 in the release of 10,000 BC, to Disney’s animated film released back in 2001, Atlantis: The Lost Empire. Whatever the reason, people have always been fascinated with the thought of the existence of Atlantis.
The question remains- was it fact or fiction? Could it have once been a continent beloved by Poseidon that conquered many parts of Western Europe only to “sink into the middle of the ocean in a single day and night of misfortune?” Or, was it purely a fictional creation taken in great liberties by many authors, like myself, to describe a thriving civilization that existed under the sea. I think most would tend to lean toward the side of fiction. I like to think that even the thought of this city being discussed over two thousand years later would bring a smile to Plato’s face.
This is why I am yet another of many who have tried to put their own spin on this great mythical tale. In my novel, Mayhem’s Fountain, I do my best to bring the city to life. I want you to let your imagination run wild. That’s the beauty of fantasy. Where else, in only a few hours a day, can you escape from your everyday life into a world of pure imagination? If you’re like me, and you enjoy discovering new worlds, please give my novel a read. If anything, I will do my best to take you into the mythical city and experience how it would feel to be an Atlantean. Even if it is for only a few hours a day.