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The History of Atlantis Hardcover – Mar 1998

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Gramercy,US; New edition edition (Mar 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517181614
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517181614
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.2 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,649,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Koriel Tannhauser TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 24 May 2012
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What can I say here -> this is a classic in its own, originally printed in 1926. Lewis Spencer was a Scottish journalist, and over his long career, he published more than forty books - but this one is probably one of the best ones related to Atlantis. If somebody wants to know more about it, one should obviously start with Plato's Timaeus and Critias, and just after finishing those, one should start reading this book. You won't regret it and it will give you a good overview of various ideas and theories involving the Atlantis legend (he discusses the sources of Atlantean history, geography, races, kings, religion, day to day life, animal life and possible colonies).

If somebody thinks that no advanced civilization existed at that remote time in human history (as some of other reviews suggests), I recommend reading the following (maybe not the perfect example, I agree, but it should get you going in the right direction):

-"Underworld: Flooded Kingdoms of the Ice Age" by Graham Hancock
-"When The Sky Fell: In Search Of Atlantis" by Rand Flem-Ath
-"The Atlantis Blueprint: Unlocking the Mystery of a Long-Lost Civilisation" by Colin Wilson and Rand Flem-Ath

Is the above a 100% proof? No, nothing is. But it surely shows that not everything is black and white as mainstream archaeologists/historians are saying (there are simply too many inconsistencies) - and by now it should be quite obvious that some advanced (and long forgotten) civilization existed on this planet long time ago. Then something did happened, some global event that destroyed most of what they had. We (as current humanity) are basically survivors from those ancient times, we had to re-start "our civilization" from the scratch and during that time we have also forgotten our beginnings.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Fosse on 7 Mar 2011
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This book is a gold mine of information and even though it has been first published in 1926 many if not all of the information is relevant even today.

I stumbled upon this book when looking for something substantial on the subject of Atlantis in a historical context and do not regret the purchase.
One might have to get used to reading a language that for the most part sounds foreign for modern ears as they have maintained the original language, but once you get used to the flow you will appreciate it perhaps even enjoy it, I know I certainly did.

Lewis Spence was a researcher and historian who accumulated and formulated a compelling thesis that sadly has not been picked up on by enough people of the academic world. The book discusses every angle from philosophy, geography, filology, written records, oral history, mythology to the science of things as was the way one made their case in the early 1900's and the research work put into this is enormous. The references are many as well as checkable, and if you don't get some inspiration to do some digging of your own after reading this I will be very surprised.

I can reccommend this for anyone who wishes to take a closer look at the historical significance of Atlantis, where it might have been and the implications on world history. You cannot find a better place to start, or even if you've looked into the vast mythology of Atlantis this offers a different view and might give you some new inspiration and information.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
very readable; engrossing; 7 Sep 1999
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Spence picks up some loose ends Donelly could not tie in his book 'Atlantis'. Explanations for the pre-atlantean giants, antediluvians, and the subsequent diaspora. If you are interested in 'factual' Atlantis, or theoretical History, then you should get this book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Gives readers a good deal to enjoy and then some 5 April 2009
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The myth and legend of Atlantis has captivated readers for ages. "The History of Atlantis" is a reprint of one of the earliest books on the subject, originally printed in 1926. Seeking he basis of the mythology from countless sources such as Egyptian history, Aztec records, and more. For anyone with an even a mild fascination with Atlantis, "The History Atlantis" gives readers a good deal to enjoy and then some.
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A Good Source to Turn To Over and Over Again 23 May 2013
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Despite the fact that my copy was a horrendous facsimile littered with formatting errors, I still found the text's overall content to be intriguing and useful. Basically, what the writer does is that he takes background information from various sources throughout history and pulls whatever he can find to support the idea that an Atlantis existed and takes that information even further in an attempt to reveal what that ancient civilization was like.

It's kind of like explaining what a person's life was like a hundred years ago after sifting through his leftover belongings. Sure, it's possible, but you're not going to get every detail right unless you're an amazing psychic--so take the information with a grain of salt.

What I like most about this book is that it led me to other sources I could access to learn more about the possibility of an Atlantis. For instance, before I read this book, I had no idea that corn and bananas could be used to support a former land mass in the Atlantic. Yes, the origin of corn is mysterious, and its use across the globe is best explained when one considers something like a seafaring race of Atlanteans in the Atlantic. Interesting, eh?
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
enlightened 3 Mar 2009
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I was interested in atlantis after watching the series"Stargate Atlantis".The book takes on a simplistic approach to explain the myths and historical assumed evidence of the existence of atlantis.This is surely the start of my adventure !
Contains Valid Conclusions about Atlantis 2 April 2014
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The location of Atlantis, its dating, its racial makeup, religious system, the identification of its enemies, and social as well as political structures are all rather well defined, supportive by deductive logic and coments from the classic literature from the ancient world, about them.

After Reading this book, the former reality of Atlantis becomes evidente.
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