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'THE ATLANTIS SECRET'
CONTENTS

‘The Atlantis Secret’ is structured in four parts. For the solution to the Atlantis mystery, the reader must exercise a little patience.

In Part One, Alan Alford provides the reader with a complete background to the telling of the Atlantis story, the focus being (a) on the Greek myths and (b) on the philosophy of Socrates and Plato.

In Part Two, the Greek myths of the gods and the cosmos are traced to parallels and precedents in earlier, Near Eastern civilisations.

In Part Three, the reader is introduced to the Exploded Planet hypothesis of ancient religions and myths. To begin, Alan Alford explains that the religions of the Near East were exploded planet cults. Then, he builds a compelling case that ancient Greek religion, too, was an exploded planet cult, and that Plato was initiated into its secret.

In Part Four, Alan Alford uses the exploded planet hypothesis to provide a complete decoding of Plato’s Atlantis story. Only the vaguest of details is included in the synopsis below, so as not to spoil the reader’s enjoyment of the book.

Eridu Books, October 2001

FOREWORD BY CHRISTOPHER GILL (click here to read the full text: Foreword)

INTRODUCTION: ATLANTIS RECONSIDERED (click here to read the full text: Introduction)

Part One: The Greek Myths

CHAPTER 1: MYSTERIES OF THE GODS
A summary of the Greek myths pertaining to the origins of the cosmos and the gods, up to and including the creation of man.

CHAPTER 2: CATACLYSMS AND THE GODS
A closer look at the Olympian gods, based on the poetry of Homer and Hesiod, highlighting their supernatural and cataclysmic nature.

CHAPTER 3: THE GREEK PERSPECTIVE
An investigation into the evolution of Greek religion during the 7th to 5th centuries BC (i.e. post-Homer and Hesiod but pre-Socrates and Plato), highlighting the importance of cataclysmic thought in the new scientific theories of the origin of the cosmos, as espoused by the philosophers Thales, Anaximander, Anaxagoras, and Empedocles.

CHAPTER 4: SOCRATES AND PLATO

A study of the two Greek philosophers responsible for the telling of the Atlantis story, highlighting their ideas about the soul, the gods, and cataclysms.

CHAPTER 5: THE SECRET SOCIETY
An overview of Greek society, stressing the ignorance, piety, conservatism, and taboos, which prevented the public disclosure of the true meaning of the myths of the gods.

CHAPTER 6: IN SEARCH OF THE GRAIL
An examination of the views of modern scholars concerning the Greek myths, noting (and explaining) their failure to consider cataclysm theories. Also, a review of scholars’ recent work in the field of comparative mythology, noting their conclusion that the myths of the Greeks were adapted from the myths of earlier civilisations in the Near East.

Part Two: Near Eastern Parallels and Precedents


CHAPTER 7: LIGHT IN THE EAST
An overview of the impressive parallels between the Greek myths of the cosmos and the gods, and the older, Near Eastern myths of the same.

CHAPTER 8: BATTLES OF THE GODS

Further Greek/Near Eastern parallels, focusing on the idea of the battle of the gods (the so-called ‘succession myth’).

CHAPTER 9: WHEN THE SKY FELL

Further Greek/Near Eastern parallels, focusing on cosmogony: the fall of the sky, the separation of Heaven from Earth, and the creation of the visible heavens.

Part Three: The Exploded Planet Hypothesis

CHAPTER 10: THE MYSTERY REVEALED
A decoding of the Near Eastern myths as exploded planet cults, based on Alan Alford’s earlier work in ‘The Phoenix Solution’ and ‘When The Gods Came Down’.

CHAPTER 11: SECRET COSMOS

A complete decoding of ancient Greek cosmogonies based on the exploded planet hypothesis.

CHAPTER 12: GENESIS OF THE GODS
An overview solution of the Olympian religion, based on the exploded planet hypothesis.

CHAPTER 13: THE OLYMPIANS UNVEILED
A detailed decoding of the Olympian gods – Zeus, Hades, Hera, Demeter, Leto, Apollo, Artemis, Ares, Hermes, Dionysus, Poseidon, Athene and Hephaestus – based on the exploded planet hypothesis.

Part Four: Plato’s Lost Continent Decoded

From this point, the chapter synopses are kept as vague as possible, so as not to spoil the reader’s enjoyment of the book.

CHAPTER 14: THE ATLANTIS STORY
A synopsis of the Atlantis story, and an explanation of the context in which it was told (i.e. Plato’s Theory of Forms, his concept of the ideal state, and the political problems of Athens during the 5th-4th centuries BC).

CHAPTER 15: ONCE UPON ATLANTIS

A hard-hitting refutation of the historicist interpretation of the Atlantis story, along with a strong series of arguments in favour of the mythical status of the story.

CHAPTER 16: THE FALL OF ATHENS
An examination of the role of Ancient Athens in ending the war between Atlantis and the known world, drawing on newly identified parallels in the older myths of Mesopotamia.

CHAPTER 17: THE FALL OF MAN
A continuation of the theme in chapter 16 (the role of Ancient Athens), looking at the Greek and Near Eastern myths of the cataclysmic origins of man.

CHAPTER 18: MYSTERIES OF THE DEEP

An investigation into the mythical symbolism of the West and the Western Ocean in which Atlantis was said to lie. Includes a decoding of the ‘opposite continent’.

CHAPTER 19: ATLANTIS DECODED

A complete decoding of Atlantis, identifying it as a cipher for the exploded planet.

CHAPTER 20: THE WORLD VOLCANO

A complete decoding of the war between Atlantis and the known world, the intervention of the Ancient Athenians, and the sinking of Atlantis into the sea.

CHAPTER 21: THE TRUE ATLANTIS

How did Plato view the exploded planet myth? In this final chapter, Alan Alford examines the idea behind the exploded planet, and emphasises the importance of soul or spirit in the cataclysm of creation. In the final evaluation, he argues, Plato’s Atlantis is a supreme symbol for the spiritual quest – the quest for knowledge of the origins of the Universe, the quest for knowledge of the origins of life, and the quest for knowledge of what life truly is.

POSTSCRIPT: ON THE THEORY OF THE SOUL
Is the Atlantis story a ‘true story’ as Plato claimed? In this important postscript, Alan Alford brings Plato’s theory of the soul up-to-date in the light of our modern understanding of the Universe.

APPENDIX A: THE DEMIOURGOS DECODED

A complete decoding of Plato’s Demiourgos (i.e. God) as a cipher for the exploded planet.

APPENDIX B: CLARIFICATIONS
Brief position statements on the subjects of: Lost Civilisations, Ancient Astronauts, and Exploded Planets (i.e. the scientific theory of).

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

NOTES AND BIBLIOGRAPHY (54 pages)

DETAILED INDEX

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