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Lost City of Atlantis or Mystery Legend Atlantida, surrealism and romanticism
Lost City of Atlantis or Mystery Legend AtlantidaThe legend of the lost city of Atlantis has amazingly strong romantic appeal to the imagination of mankind. Why is the Greek philosopher Plato’s story of the catastrophic destruction of the ancient island or Atlantida continent has inspired people for three centuries? Artist, poets, priests, and writers dedicated thoughts to the Atlantis philosophy, origins, and geographic location. Many even tried and gave up searching for the lost city physical remains. In spite of luck of hard evidence that the subject ever existed it takes part of the mythology of many diverse cultures. What, then, accounts for its apparently inexhaustible, passionate appeal of Atlantida which is a poetical name of the place; the question still remains open, is it not?
Atlantis is a fascinating historical and archaeological tale. Did it come from a traditional pre-historical mythology? Was Atlantis an extraterrestrial colony, an entrance to the parallel world, surreal entity, or else? In a way, this one of the mysteries of the world is a true parallel world that exists in parallel of our imagination exclusively. Over the centuries multiple theories: crazy, idealistic, geological, or historical describe the mystical and spiritual significance of this place. Scientists, explorers, mystics, and science fiction authors contributed facts, suggestions, and delusions to these concepts.
Romanticism of the lost city legend captures the human imagination. It's a great myth that has tons of elements that we love to romanticize about. According to Plato, Atlantis’ citizens were half gods and half humans who created a utopian civilization and became the excessive leading power of the world. They had a great capital metropolis on the central lush island that was rich of gold, silver, and fine-art and supported an abundance of exceptional, exotic wildlife. There are many speculations about the Atlantida continent whereabouts: Mediterranean, Adriatic, off the coast of Spain, or even Antarctica. Cataclysmic floods and volcanic explosions have happened throughout human history, perhaps the destruction of Atlantis was one of them. One of such precedents happened 3,600 years ago, a massive volcanic eruption devastated the island of Santorini, a highly advanced society of Minoan civilization that lived on there disappeared overnight.
The legend of Atlantis is a story about an honourable, spiritual people who lived in a highly advanced, utopian civilization. But they became greedy, petty, and morally bankrupt and the gods became angry with them and destroyed their civilisation because the people had lost the right way and turned into immoral pursuits. Plato himself would probably be amazed that his tale has been the subject of so much examination and emotion. His ideas about divine versus human, the ideal social order, the gradual corruption of human society, etc. are corresponding very well to modern cultural environment. Perhaps we are still in need and looking for a utopia and we still wonder what a civilization could be.
(Title Rus) Затерянный Город Атлантов или Загадка Легенды Атлантиды
Software media: Autodesk 3ds Max ®, Adobe Photoshop ®, Photo Stock, Terragen®
George Grie, February 2014
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