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Replica of a map orginally made by Athanruis Kirchen.

The Mythical, Lost Land of Atlantis

What was it like to live in the mythical land of Atlantis? This research paper will teach you all you need to know about Atlantis and its vast lands. You will learn how Atlantis developed and what it looked like. Atlantis’s society and military is also something you will be taught about. Last but not least you will gain knowledge of the fall of Atlantis.

When the world was split between Poseidon, Zeus, and Hades, Poseidon received all of the ocean and three chain islands. The largest of the islands believed to be located in the Atlantic Ocean, later named Atlantis, was the most beautiful and fruitful place Poseidon had ever seen. Among all of the attractive and intelligent citizens on this isle, Poseidon met his stunning wife, Cielto. She birthed their 10 sons, five set of the twins. The eldest of his sons was named Atlas. The beautiful land, where Poseidon met his lovely wife, and the neighboring ocean was named after the oldest son and Atlantis’s first king. This was only the beginning for the majestic land of Atlantis (gods-heros-myth.com).

Atlantis was known for its beauty and till this day it has not been forgotten. The soil of Atlantis was known to be fruitful and rich. The land of Atlantis produced herbs, roots, and such. The mains foods were corn and fruits. These foods categorized them as vegetarians (Atlantis the Truth behind the Legend, pg 19). The people of Atlantis were also classified to be great engineers and architects. They built palaces, harbors, and temples.
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My version of the capital of Atlantis.
One of their most famous pieces they build on their remarkable island was their capital on top of a majestic hill. This capital was built in a circular shape. It was bordered by rings of water and land that interchanged. They were connected by tunnels and bridges. The ring surrounding all the other rings and the capital was connected to an enormous canal. Another prominent creation of theirs was a fabulous palace, also builds on top of a hill. In the center of the palace stood a dazzling temple to Poseidon. The outside of the temple was covered in silver except for the pinnacles which were gold. Inside this place of worship was an ivory roof. This beautiful ivory was bedecked with silver, gold and many other valuable metals. The pillars and walls were also adorned with prized metals. The most important piece in this admired temple was the statue of Poseidon. He was being pulled by six winged horses on a chariot. Poseidon towered so high over the humans that he touched the roof with his head (The Mystery of Atlantis, pg 8-10). This statue was a sign of respect but was it enough?

The people of Atlantis were known to be incredibly beautiful and intelligent. But their society was split into two groups, the Atlanteans and the others. The Atlanteans were greedy and corrupt. This group of people was not one single race, but a range of races that believed in one joining cause. This common belief was that they thrived to conquer the world. The others preferred not to live as exclusively. They preferred to live more locally. The one thing that all the people of Atlantis agreed on was their religion. Worshipping the sun was one of their few connections (The Mystery of Atlantis, pg 11).

Every successful government must have a thriving army to succeed. Without military protection, rival’s can demolish a growing kingdom. Atlantis was wise enough to create an army. Their defense force had 1200 ships and a 46,464,000 acre plain for practicing. This large plain consisted of 60,000 lots. Each lot was heavily supplied. There equipments were 1/6 of a war chariot, 2 horses and riders, one pair of chariot horses, 2 slingers, one pair of horseman, 3 javelin men, 3 stone shoots, one pair of charioteers, 2 heavily equipped soldiers, and 4 sailors (atlantis.haktanir.org). With these supplies they could do great damage and so they did.

Atlantis’s journey from power to destruction was a tragedy. This misfortune was mostly due to the greed of the Atlanteans. There avarice developed when their technology spread worldwide. One example of the many technologies they created that spread international is the alphabet. Till this day the alphabet is used and has grown (The Mystery of Atlantis, pg 10). The Atlanteans believed everyone should bow down to them in thanks and honor. The Atlanteans’ had conquered many civilizations around the Mediterranean (The Mystery of Atlantis, pg 6). With this new found power they assumed they were mighty enough to take on Greece. A hard battle was fought but in the end, they were defeated. On their journey home the sky grew a blood red; the entire world was in a deadly storm. Many days later the storm brewed down but to the astonishment of the world, Atlantis had vanished. It is said that Atlantis was destroyed by natural catastrophic events such as a massive tsunami (www.mythweb.com). Others say that it was punishment from the gods for being greedy. Perhaps Zeus, the ruler of the gods, decided to teach them a lesson by destroying their land (The Mystery of Atlantis, pg 8). Some even say that it just sank out of nowhere. How can we ever know for sure?
If the Atlanteans had made better choices there civilization possibly would still be here today. Knowing how Atlantis developed, what is looked, what the people of Atlantis were like, what Atlantis’s military was like, and how Atlantis fell is significant. This knowledge of Atlantis is imperative because it is a well known mystery around the world. This mystery will hopefully be solved one day soon in the future.

Works Cited
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Galanopoulos, A. G., and Edward Bacon. Atlantis: The Truth behind the Legend. London: Bobbs-Merril, 1969. Print.

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Skidmore, Joel. "Encyclopedia of Greek Mythology: Atlantis." Greek Mythology. Web. 15 Dec. 2011. http://www.mythweb.com/encyc/entries/atlantis.html.

"Greek and Roman World Mythology: The Mythical Place Atlantis." World Mythology, Folklore, Cultures and Classical Studies. Web. 15 Dec. 2011. http://www.gods-heros-myth.com/godpages/atlantis.html.

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