Atlantis is sometimes referred to as the oldest science fiction tale in existence. Only those who are unfamiliar with the ancient world, however, can think that it was only a myth because to the ancients it was not only real history, but a legend so important that their entire civilizations practically revolved around it. One thing is clear: to the ancients, the story of Atlantis was fact, not fiction.
The legend of Atlantis made its way to the West through the works of Plato about 2,400 years ago, but this story is actually much older. Roughly 2,600 years ago, the Greek statesman, Solon (known as the “father of democracy”), traveled to Egypt and met with the high priests of the land. This trip was widely documented by Greek historians as Solon was a legendary figure even in his own time; consequently we know for certain that the trip did take place and even where the meeting was held.
The Egyptian priests were known in those days as the best keepers of ancient history and they presented Solon with their most ancient historic records, or what may be considered as their version of the biblical “Genesis.” Here, Solon first learned about the lost island where civilization had begun. He was so taken by the story that he spent the rest of his life compiling and translating the records to the Greek tongue, changing all the Egyptian names to Greek, and naming this island “Atlantis”. At the time however, it was also known by various other names throughout the ancient world, and it is important to note that many people even today wrongly assume that Atlantis must have been in the Atlantic Ocean; in fact no one knows the original name before Solon’s translations – the “prehistoric” world would not have even known what an ocean is (names like the Atlantic Ocean and the Pillars of Hercules are actually relatively modern Greek names and the original names used have been long lost).
About two hundred years later, Plato got hold of this treasured text and relayed the legend in the form of dialogues in his “Timaeus” and “Critias.” The Egyptians had told Solon that this was the island was where the art of civilization truly began, and that the Greek and the Egyptian cultures were merely off-shoots of that original civilization. They also said that the island was submerged around 9,600 BC and had been in existence for many thousands of years before the great flood.
While the modern world continues to wonder about whether Atlantis was real or not, one thing is for certain. To the Egyptian priests, Solon, and Plato, and in fact all of our distant ancestors, the story was based on real events that took place on a real island. What strikes one most when reading Plato’s Critias is the astounding number of physical clues and dimensions provided about the island, the great plain at its southern foothills, and the sacred Acropolis Hill located at the heart of the island’s capital,AtlantisCity.
Today’s generation is the first in history that has the technological capability to search the ocean depths, and the world’s first detailed underwater map of the eastern Mediterranean seafloor was produced especially for the Cyprus-Atlantis Project.
After ten years of research and the creation of proprietary maps and 3D models, Robert Sarmast has discovered astounding evidence of the sunken isle of Atlantis (or some might call it Eden), a lost land mass that many believe to be the prehistoric cultural source of Western civilization. The theory put forth in Robert Sarmast’s book “Discovery of Atlantis: the Startling Case for the Island of Cyprus” was published by Origin Press in October of 2003.
Shortly after the publication of the book, Robert traveled to Cyprus and spent the next year preparing for a scientific expedition, which occurred in November of 2004. The results of this expedition (sonar generated images of the seafloor) created headlines around the world.
Robert has since received new proprietary maps and 3 models which changed the theory – Cyprus was not part of the landmass. Instead, the location of the peninsula has been changed to a few miles east to what is presently called the “Latakia Ridge.” Atlantis was a long, narrow peninsula stretching westward from the shores of modern Syria, around the present city of Latakia. This area is volatile and presently a war-ravaged area so the project has been put on hold until the political situation stabilizes. In the meantime, new and more extensive data is being collected by various agencies and governments from around the world…