In Marion Zimmer Bradley’s book “Ancestors of Avalon” she describes the people of Atlantis packing their belongings and going aboard ships to escape the destruction of their island home. Right from the beginning of the story they live in a precarious situation as the inhabitants feel the ground shake beneath them and know the end is near.
I often wonder every time I read this book, if any inhabitants of Atlantis did survive the aftermath. I mean indeed Plato wrote that these people were extremely advanced in medicine, war, politics, and art. They were an extremely advanced civilization; how could absolutely nothing of it survive? If in Marion’s book these people did in fact know that their end was coming why wouldn’t they have prepared for it? According to legend they were also gifted with a knowledge of the stars, the planets, and their metaphysical play in science, being also very religious (like those of Avalon)…Goddess worshippers, Pagan, whatever…surely then they had some foreknowledge their world was coming to an end.
In Chapter 1 she describes tremors, by Chapter 3 is described earthquakes and a volcano beginning to erupt. Buildings are beginning to collapse and apparently some of the smaller islands have at that point sunk into the sea. The people appear to be packing and fleeing; so I wonder if anyone did in fact escape if we were to base her book on actual fact (legends tend to change over time and even today with those who have been scholars of Atlantis with all their theories have not found any fresh answers although I’ve seen websites that claim Atlantis has been found I’m not so sure).
In the book those that did survive founded the isle of Avalon. They crossed stormy seas to arrive at a gray, almost barren island unlike their fertile green homeland. I’m amused as we go further into the story that it seems the inhabitants of Atlantis already knew where to go because they traded along what she describes as “To reach the trading route of Belsairath took two days. It lay on the southern coast of the land that the native inhabitants called the “Isle of the Mighty. It had been established when Alkonath first sought supremacy over the trade routes of the Sea Kingdoms, but since then had lingered in obscurity”.
It is interesting that Belsairath is supposedly an Alkonan trading outpost where Dorchester is now, Alkonan being from Alkona the capital of Alkonath “one of the mightiest of the Ten Island Kingdoms” Did these come from her imagination or where these actual sites of Atlantis?
She names the “Sea Kingdoms” as the islands of Atlantis and within that the “Ten Kingdoms” each bearing a name for them. I cannot help but wonder if these were actual names of the islands or whether she just made them up for the story (she is a superb storyteller!)?
One website I was reading http://science.nationalgeographic.com/science/archaeology/atlantis/
Says “Few, if any, scientists think Atlantis actually existed. Ocean explorer Robert Ballard, the National Geographic explorer-in-residence who discovered the wreck of the Titanic in 1985, notes that “no Nobel laureates” have said that what Plato wrote about Atlantis is true.
Still, Ballard says, the legend of Atlantis is a “logical” one since cataclysmic floods and volcanic explosions have happened throughout history, including one event that had some similarities to the story of the destruction of Atlantis. About 3,600 years ago, a massive volcanic eruption devastated the island of Santorini in the Aegean Sea near Greece. At the time, a highly advanced society of Minoans lived on Santorini. The Minoan civilization disappeared suddenly at about the same time as the volcanic eruption.
But Ballard doesn’t think Santorini was Atlantis, because the time of the eruption on that island doesn’t coincide with when Plato said Atlantis was destroyed.
Romm believes Plato created the story of Atlantis to convey some of his philosophical theories. “He was dealing with a number of issues, themes that run throughout his work,” he says. “His ideas about divine versus human nature, ideal societies, the gradual corruption of human society—these ideas are all found in many of his works. Atlantis was a different vehicle to get at some of his favorite themes.”
The legend of Atlantis is a story about a moral, spiritual people who lived in a highly advanced, utopian civilization. But they became greedy, petty, and “morally bankrupt,” and the gods “became angry because the people had lost their way and turned to immoral pursuits,” Orser says”
They seem so sure don’t they to claim that did in fact not exist and that even if it did no one escape the event. I do believe if it had then perhaps the Gods became so angry with them because they did become in fact greedy, they were a powerful naval power according to Plato…they lost their way and were punished for it. On the other hand science also plays a key role here being at the time the earth was changing and the earthquakes and volcanic eruptions of the time wiped out any chance of any lost kingdom of the day to be gone forever lost in the mists of time. Lumeria, Avalon and other lost kingdoms we may not even know about. They have survived in one fashion or another because people have dreamed of them, wrote of them, and have perhaps in a past life been there.
Some various websites I thought were interesting to read.