Atlantis and the Nations

  title={Atlantis and the Nations},
  author={Pierre A Vidal-Naquet and Janet Lloyd},
  journal={Critical Inquiry},
  pages={300 - 326}
The story is a strange one. It starts in about 355 B.c., with Plato's Timaeus and Critias. I say "it starts" advisedly, for, despite all efforts, nobody has been able to prove that this myth was ever told before Plato recounted it. The tale itself is so well known that I need hardly summarize the essentials. Plato presents it as a story, a muthos that is told to the Athenian lawgiver and poet Solon, "the wisest of the Seven" wise men,' by an old priest of the goddess Nei'th at Sais in Egypt… 
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Other examples from the Middle East may be found in my "Flavius Josephe et les prophetes
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Homer's Blind Audience: An Essay on the "Iliad"'s Geographical Prerequisites for the Site of Ilias
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d'Olof Rudbeck: Le Mythe platonicien de l'Atlantide au service de l'Empire suedois du XVIII siecle," Quaderni di storia 11 (Jan.-June
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My colleague Axel Seeberg of the University of Oslo, tells me that a similar pedagogical cartoon strip was published at the same time in occupied Norway
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Himmler's intervention), 378. 83. Ibid., p. 378 n. 109. Herrmann, who was a correspondent for the Institute
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On the respectful reception given to the book, see Benedetto Croce, Storia della storiografica italiana nel secolo decimonono
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