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A Complete Decoding of Plato's Lost Continent

Alan Alford’s theory of the Atlantis story is bold, innovative, and radically different from anything ever proposed before. Far from claiming that Plato’s story was historically true, as other authors generally do, he argues that the story was ‘true’ in the sense that it was a ‘true myth’ describing the cataclysmic origins of the Universe (this kind of myth was held to be ‘true’ by sages of the ancient world). The reason Atlantis ended up in the deep, he suggests, is because the original Atlantis fell out of the sky. The quest for Atlantis thus becomes a cosmic and spiritual quest – for knowledge of the Mystery of Existence and the meaning of life and death.

Alford’s theory allows Atlantis to be in the Atlantic Ocean – just where Plato says it was. It allows Atlantis to be sunk – just like Plato says it was. And it allows Atlantis to be larger than two continents – just like Plato says it was. All other theories of Atlantis reject the legitimacy of one or more of these fundamental claims.

In addition, Alford’s theory explains all of the bizarre elements in the Atlantis story: the supernatural creation of the island; its abundance of the unknown metal oreichalkos; the fact of its enclosure by the ‘opposite continent’; the strange disappearance of the Athenian heroes at the time of the war against Atlantis; the alleged discrepancy concerning the date of the war; and the transformation of the sunken island into a sea of mud.

Alford’s theory of the Atlantis story thus manages to accord with every single word that Plato wrote – a genuine and highly significant ‘first’ in the history of Atlantology.

In recognition of this achievement, ‘The Atlantis Secret’ carries a Foreword by Professor Christopher Gill – a renowned authority on Plato and the Atlantis story – who praises the lucidity of Alford’s argument and acclaims his theory as ‘a striking and suggestive new hypothesis’.

How does Alford come up with such an innovative theory? The answer, in short, is context.

Firstly, Alford takes into account the wider picture of Plato’s story, such as the antediluvian time-frame, the war between Atlantis and Ancient Athens, and the fact that Socrates requested the story to illustrate ‘the ideal state’ going to war (the ideal state was a product of Plato’s Theory of Forms).

Secondly, Alford takes the time to understand Plato, the author of the story, who, he concludes, was no historian nor geographer, but rather a true philosopher and mystic.

Thirdly, Alford studies the myths which formed the core of ancient Greek religion during Plato’s day. He notes, for example, that the West signified the underworld, that the Atlantic Ocean signified the subterranean sea, that Atlas was the god of a cataclysmic battle, and that Poseidon – the god of Atlantis – was called ‘the earth-shaker’.

And fourthly, Alford places the Greek myths in the context of older myths from the ancient Near East, which were borrowed and adapted by the Greeks according to the latest academic research. Here, he finds some astonishing parallels to the story of the war between Atlantis and Ancient Athens.

By taking this unprecedented approach to Plato’s story, Alford not only comes up with his innovative theory of Atlantis, but also offers solutions to many other equally intractable problems that have perplexed classical scholars for the past two centuries: the entire corpus of the Greek mysteries: the myths of Ouranos, Mount Olympus, and the Olympian gods; the cosmogony of Philolaos, with its focus on the two invisible orbs of the Counter-Earth and the Invisible Fire; the Pythagorean quest to know the secret ‘eighth orbit’ of the Universe; the scientific cosmogonies of Thales, Anaximander, Anaxagoras, and Empedocles; the mystical vision of Parmenides involving ‘Night’ and ‘the Fire of Heaven’; Plato’s Theory of Forms and his account of creation by the Demiourgos; the myths of the golden age, the fall of man, and the creation of man from ‘stones/bones’, serpent’s ‘teeth’, and the ‘semen’ of Hephaestus; and, last but not least, the Orphic and Pythagorean belief in the cosmic origins of man’s soul.

In summary, ‘The Atlantis Secret’ is a truly ground-breaking book that not only provides a complete decoding of Plato’s Atlantis story, but also a unifying theory for the Greek myths and mysteries in their entirety. It is a ‘must read’ for followers of the Atlantis mystery, an equally essential read for academics and students with an interest in the Greek myths and/or the impact of cataclysms upon the psyche of ancient man, and it adds an important spiritual dimension to the cataclysm theory as presented in Alan Alford’s previous book.

To see a detailed synopsis of 'The Atlantis Secret', please click on Book Contents.

To read the Foreword to 'The Atlantis Secret', please click on Foreword.

To see readers' comments on 'The Atlantis Secret', please click on Reviews.

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