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The Atlantis story : a short history of Plato's myth

Author: Pierre Vidal-Naquet
Publisher: Exeter : University of Exeter Press, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Why have the various attempts to 'find' Atlantis been unsuccessful? For the good reason that Plato made the island up Plato's Atlantis - the imperialist island state that disappeared in a cataclysm, leaving Athens to survive it - is just a myth." "Rather than focus on man's futile attempts to discover the island, Pierre Vidal-Naquet's brief history of Atlantis examines the diverse uses made of the myth through the  Read more...
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Vidal-Naquet, Pierre, 1930-2006.
Atlantis story.
Exeter : University of Exeter Press, 2007
(OCoLC)607885014
Online version:
Vidal-Naquet, Pierre, 1930-2006.
Atlantis story.
Exeter : University of Exeter Press, 2007
(OCoLC)608367412
Named Person: Plato.; Plato.; Plato.
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Pierre Vidal-Naquet
ISBN: 9780859898058 0859898059
OCLC Number: 156832379
Notes: "First published in 2005 as L'Atlantide: petite histoire d'un mythe platonicien ..."--Title page verso.
Description: xxii, 192 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Foreword / G.E.R. Lloyd --
In the beginning was Plato --
The Atlantis theme in antiquity --
The return of the Atlantes, 1485-1710 --
The Atlantis of the Enlightenment, 1680-1786 --
The great turning-point, 1786-1841 --
Societies that are open and those that are closed --
Interlude : notes without music --
Water, Earth and dreams --
Appendix : two articles from The Times, 19 February 1909.
Other Titles: Atlantide.
Responsibility: Pierre Vidal-Naquet ; translated by Janet Lloyd.
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Presents the history of development through the ages of Plato's "Atlantis" story - the imperialist island state that disappeared in a cataclysm, leaving Athens to survive it. Instead of simply  Read more...

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