grande profondità sotto l'oceano Atlantico, si estendono le vestigia di un continente
Un’isola su cui fiorì una grande civiltà. Una civiltà avanzata, di cui ormai si è perduto il ricordo. Conquistatrice, padrona del globo, ma che scomparì in una notte sola! La causa? Un cataclisma inaudito. Forse l’eruzione di un vulcano sottomarino, forse l’impatto di un asteroide con la Terra o maremoti causati da uno spostamento dell’asse terrestre. . . C'è chi sostiene l'ipotesi che un tempo esistessero due lune gravitanti intorno al nostro pianeta; una di esse potrebbe essere stata attratta dalla Terra fino a spezzarsi e precipitare sul globo, dando inizio alla fine di un era. In effetti, anche l'attuale Luna, lentamente, anno dopo anno, si avvicina sempre più alla Terra. Per il momento non c'è da preoccuparsi, ma chissà che tra qualche migliaio d'anni non possa accadere lo stesso che accadde in quel periodo. Una grande civiltà scomparve, all’incirca 12000 anni fa, ma alcuni sopravvissero.
Giorgio Pastore, Dèi del Cielo, dèi della Terra, Eremon Edizioni.
“In great depth under the Atlantic Ocean, there are the vestiges of a continent (…)”
These are the first words of “Atlantis, the eighth continent”, Charles Berlitz’s bestseller. There are many films, tales and books about Atlantis, the submerged continent and there had been many people that had vainly looked for it, trying in that way to reveal a great mystery, the mystery of its disappearance. Atlantis… Many talked about it, but for someone this name is only a vague recollection, perhaps because they had hear it during their childhood or from the medias. But what we really know about Atlantis? It was an island set beyond the Pillars of Hercules and that it’s mentioned by Plato and, before him, by Solon and Dionysus of Miletus who became acquainted with the island thanks to some tables preserved in Egypt, in Sais’ temple, and now lost. A transcription of these tables would be preserved also in the great Alexandria’s library, centre of the classical knowledge (whose no trace remained).
The legend tells of an island set in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean (but others set it in Antarctica or identify it with the island of Santorini, in the Aegean Sea, submerged by a cataclysm around 1450 b.C.
Many people regarded this story as a story of fantasy, erroneously ascribing it only symbolic or esoteric meanings.
This people believe in something only touching it by theirselves. Yet, it wouldn’t be the first time that, with a new discovery, the story is rewrite. For example when the archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann discover in 1871 the traces of the mythical Troy, regarded as a legend described by Homer.
In the “Timeo” and in the “Crizia”, Plato talk about Atlantis like a very wide island, whose the Azores’ archipelago may be the last trace.
“ (…) In fact, at that time, it were possible to cross that sea (the Atlantic Ocean – author’s note) because in front of the Pillars of Hercules (now, the Straits of Gibraltar – author’s note), there was an island. This island was larger than Libya and Asia and from this island we could go to the other islands and from these islands to the continent on the other side, around the real sea. (…) In that isle Atlantis, there was a powerful king who dominated all the island and many other islands and part of the continent and, besides, he dominated also this side of the Straits from Libya to Egypt and from Europe to Tirrenia. (…) But later, after a one-day and night earthquake and a deluge, all yours warriors (Athenian) suddenly fell under the ground, and Atlantis, in the same way submerged by the sea, disappeared.” [from “Timeo” of Plato].
An island were raised a great civilization. An advanced civilization whose memory is lost. Conquering, master of the world, but that disappeared in only one night! What was the cause? An unheard-of cataclysm. Perhaps the eruption of a sub oceanic volcano, perhaps the impact of an asteroid with the Earth or a seaquake caused by a moving of the Earth’s axis… Someone think that long ago there were two moons gravitating around our planet; one of them may be attracted by the Earth till it felled on it, giving end to an era. In fact, also the existing moon slowly approaches to the Earth. For the moment we mustn’t be worry about it, but, perhaps, within hundreds of years it may happen the same. A great civilization disappeared, about 12000 years ago, but someone survived.
(Translated by Roberta M. "Nemo85")
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