The myth of Atlantis has fascinated me since I was a child - the tales of an underwater city with mermaids, a plethora of fish and intricate architecture. Atlantis has featured in films, graphic novels, folk tales and so forth; giving it magic and wonder in manners that appeals to various demographics. The idea of a submerged city, a hidden city, that is a romantic notion.The idea then, that this story, this myth, could originate from a real place and event, well isn’t it beautiful to be able to say, “Atlantis was real”?
Archaeologists of the Aegean have with time come to suggest that the ancient volcanic island of Thera, is the one and only Atlantis. What remains of Thera today, is a group of islands known as Santorini which are parts of the crater left after the eruption of the volcano around the middle of the second millennium BC. The beautiful frescoes of Akrotiri (albeit restored) are reminiscent of this fantastical glittering jewel of a city, and the tale of a wondrous civilization which sunk to the depths of the ocean; explained by the portion of Thera which was submerged after the explosion of the volcano.
Perhaps there are no mermaids swimming around golden towers; yet it is incredible how the story of the island that was destroyed millennia ago, has been kept alive in human memory through legend, folk tales, and to this day through art and film.
De Boer, J, Ballard, R, & Sanders, D 2011, Volcanoes In Human History : The Far-Reaching Effects Of Major Eruptions, Princeton: Princeton University Press, eBook Collection (EBSCOhost), EBSCOhost, viewed 15 September 2018.
by Anna Kohanoff