Author: Frank Joseph
Trade Paperback, 262 pages
Publisher: Bear and Company
Publication date: 204
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I can do no better as a start to this review than to quote the author's
opening lines: "Atlantis. No name is so evocative for millions of people
around the world after thousands of years." Atlantis has been written about
by authors from around the world over millennia. It has been approached
from the perspectives of religion, science, myth, and interdisciplinary
approaches. The civilization of Atlantis has been credited with military
(and/or commercial) world domination, technology far in advance of current
(21st century) levels, slavery, human sacrifice and more. It has been
described as having an obvious existence (denied by "The Establishment" for
unspecified reasons); an obvious non-existence (there is no archeological
evidence which can be absolutely attributed to it); and a confused partial
existence (yes, it existed, but not in the location or level of
sophistication attributed to it).
Mr. Joseph has written previously on the subject of Atlantis, although that
work (The Destruction of Atlantis) concentrated on the physical downfall of
Atlantis. This work is dedicated to showing the effects of multiple waves
of immigrants from a more advanced (although not massively more advanced)
civilization fleeing the loss of their cultural homeland.
Unlike many of the authors who have chosen to write on the subject, Mr.
Joseph cites sources which are both accessible and, at least in many cases,
produced my members of the scientific community who are considered to be in
the mainstream. One could hardly accuse Dr. Thor Heyerdahl, E.A. Wallis
Budge, James Breasted or Flinders Petrie of being fringe figures in the
academic community. While some of their conclusions have been challenged
and/or modified, they are acknowledged as level-headed thinkers.
While I am not well enough informed on current thought in the archeological
community in regards to cultural diffusionism to be able to comment on the
similarities of the various cultures the author cites, he does present a
fairly compelling argument, from a lay person's point of view. He lists
similarities of words in various cultures, as well as cultural and
mytho-historic correlations. His presentation is well though out and
reasonable. It is easy to understand. Is it the final word on the subject?
Not by any means, I am sure.
This is not the story of Atlantis and its downfall. It is a view of the
impact of Atlantean culture and civilization on the rest of the Bronze Age
world. It is an excellent addition to the library of anyone interested in
Reviewed by Mike Gleason