Fernarld Harrison wrote:
I understand where you are coming from in saying that since Plato was in Athens he would be addressing and Athenian audience Elise. But that is the very reason that Plato would have based his Atlantis story on the Thera eruption. Evidence suggests that in his dialogues, Critias and Timaeus, Plato was boasting about the greatness of Athens and its people and so he would not have based it on any Greek places.
I 'm sorry Fernald, I don't quite understand you. Thera/Santorini is an island in the Aegean. If it was indeed Atlantis, Plato would have made a big deal out of it because that in itself would raise even more the profile of Greece. Also, I 'm not sure in which dialogue, maybe in both, Plato relates the hostility between the Athenians and the Atlanteans. I believe he mentiona a battle/war where Athenians prevailed?
As for there being no room for the Pillars being between Athens and Thera there is another theory that Plato's pillars may have been at Tunisia and Sicilly. Hence Thera would be well beyond that.
Only if Plato was writing from North Africa. But he was writing from Athens so it doesn't make sense he would say "beyond" when the Pillars were in the opposite direction.
And besides, where else in the Mediterranean matches Plato's account so precisely. We can pretty much rule out the Atlantic ocean because Solon got the story from the Egyptians and they never travelled to the Atlantic, let alone traded with anyone there (correct me if I'm wrong).
But the priest mentioned all this happened 9,000 years before Solon's time. Who knows what the Egyptians were up to back then...