Why are people fascinated with Atlantis? What is it about this mythical place that has drawn so much attention for over two thousand years? Is it about the people who once inhabited the island with their sophistication and technological advancements? Or is it the total annihilation of a civilisation, wiped out in one cataclysmic event? For me, on a personal level, the legend of Atlantis conjured a lifelong interest in ancient civilisations, and to learn about the rich diversity our world offers. It is why I began to write stories. It sparked my imagination on what happened to these amazing cultures and what can they still teach us today.
I was sixteen when I first came across the story of Atlantis. I read a book written by Charles Berlitz, Atlantis: the eighth continent (I posted an article some years ago) and it made me question our existence, purpose in life, what future generations will think of our civilisation and what we did. I read what I could get my hands on, there was no internet then, (sadly showing my age here!) and was wowed by the concept of an advanced culture. Then typical of a teenager, I moved onto other more pressing interests: boys, sport, holidays, having fun with friends. Though, the Atlantis myth was never far from my thoughts.
Fast forward a few decades, I had been teaching for a while and wanted to do something different and decided to enrol at university to study ancient history. I did it part-time and worked. One of the readings for the course included Plato’s writings and what did I find, two dialogues with references to Atlantis! That triggered a series of events I did not foresee and catapulted me into writing historical fiction/mythology.
The concept of Atlantis is a complex one it has inspired many people and also brought out some extraordinary theories. In this series, I hope to answer the questions above and delve deeper into the mystery of Atlantis and the people who once inhabited the island. I do have opinions as to where Plato’s story came from which I will discuss. I am a “student” of ancient history and all viewpoints are my own developed from academics and specialists whose works I’ve read and documentaries watched.
I hope you will follow along! Thank you for tuning in and reading.
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Historical fiction fantasist Luciana Cavallaro, a secondary teacher, meanders from contemporary life to delve into the realms of mythology. Subscribe to her FREE short story