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 Platos Atlantis story. Only
the vaguest of details is included in the synopsis below, so as
not to spoil the readers enjoyment of the book.
Eridu Books, October 2001
BY CHRISTOPHER GILL (click here to read the full text: Foreword)
ATLANTIS RECONSIDERED (click here to read the full text: Introduction)
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
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.
The Exploded Planet Hypothesis
CHAPTER 10: THE MYSTERY REVEALED
A decoding of the Near Eastern myths as exploded planet cults, based
on Alan Alfords 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
CHAPTER 12: GENESIS OF THE GODS
An overview solution of the Olympian religion, based on the exploded
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: Platos Lost Continent Decoded
From this point, the chapter synopses are kept as vague as possible,
so as not to spoil the readers 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. Platos 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
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, Platos 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 Platos 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 Platos 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
NOTES AND BIBLIOGRAPHY (54 pages)