The author, a German geo-archaeologist, presents the evidence for his claim to have deciphered the legend of Atlantis. The legend of Atlantis originated about 2,500 years ago with Plato's account, but until now no one has able to identify its location and nature, although the theories about it abound and our fascination with it continues unabated.
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Plato's myth of Atlantis--a lost continent, according to the Timaeus, that was destroyed by a cataclysmic flood over 11,000 years ago--has bedeviled archaeologists, historians, and occultists for millennia. Is Atlantis fact or fiction? If fact, where was it located? Zangger, a prominent geoarchaeologist, offers a novel and witty solution to the mystery. Researchers have place Atlantis everywhere from Malta to Greenland to outer space. Zangger, who has no truck with his subject's occult reputation, proposes a rather more mundane answer: That Plato's account of Atlantis is actually a ``coded'' history of the Trojan War, Atlantis itself being Troy at its peak, circa 1300 B.C. Zangger makes his case with sterling scholarship, first reviewing ancient Greek history and then offering a point-by-point analysis of Plato's accounts in light of modern archaeological knowledge. To reconstruct Bronze Age Troy, Zangger leans heavily on Homer's account in the Odyssey, perhaps a risky venture. More persuasive, if also more boring, are his attempts to chart the Trojan landscape, both citadel and plain, by using Landsat satellite images, 19th-century maps, and his own observations. Zangger's wit triumphs at the end, as he examines and rejects eight ``counterarguments and shortcomings'' to his thesis and spurns convention in favor of inspiration, inhibition in favor of fun. Zangger's ``solution,'' no doubt, will take its place as just one more entry in the colorful history of the Sunken Continent. But don't let his thesis get lost in the shuffle: In the barren land of serious Atlantean studies, it's like manna from heaven. (Thirty- four b&w photos, 24 maps--not seen.) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From Library Journal:
The author, a noted geoarchaeologist who has done extensive investigative fieldwork in landscapes of Bronze Age Greece and has recently excavated at Tiryns, goes to the source of the Atlantis legend, two of Plato's dialogs. Zangger examines these accounts in great detail, accepts them as historically based, and presents evidence for identifying Bronze Age Troy as the most likely site of "Atlantis." Zangger's approach, which also draws on archaeological and geological evidence, is impressive in its scope and makes fascinating reading. His overview of other theories and his arguments against his own conclusions are intellectually stimulating and engaging. This book should reawaken scholarly discussion in the many disciplines on which it touches. For both scholars and lay readers.
- Joan W. Gartland, Detroit P.L.
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Book Description Pan Books, 1993. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P11033032361X
Book Description Pan Books, 1993. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M033032361X