After centuries of denying Atlantis as nothing more than a quaint myth some more enlightened historians are now reconsidering their stance after a chance discovery on a European seabed. During January 20015 an astounding underwater find was made which led to a new reappraisal of Greek philosopher and mathematician Plato and his work Critias that features Atlantis.
Divers off the southern coast of Sicily at Gela, were searching an old shipwreck which sank 2,600 years ago when they recovered the ships cargo of 39 metal ingots.The Italian marine archeologist and expert in oriental antiquities Prof. Sebastian Tusa brought the metal to the surface and immediately began tests on them. He found they were an alloy composed of copper, zinc with traces of nickel, lead and iron. The alloy was found to be a substance called oricalcum until that point thought to be a mythical substance mentioned by Plato in connection with Atlantis. The excited Prof. Tusa told the media
“’The discovery is unique and exceptional because it is the fist time that we find oricalcum ingots.’
The source of the Greek legends about Atlantis came from Solon and Dropides who told the story to Critias who told it to his grandson also named Critias, who told the story to Socrates, who had never heard of the civilization. Crtias junior learnt from his Grandfather, who in turn had been told about the Antediluvian kingdom when still in his childhood. The story goes that the Egyptian Priesthood at Sais passed on the account to the Greeks where they described the destruction of Atalnatis by a natural catastrophe. In Plato’s account of the legends about Atlantis he describes the mythical kingdom ’flashing’ as the highly prized metal adorned the buildings including the Temple dedicated to Poseidon. Oricalcum was valued only second to gold in Atlantis. Other academics have waded into the controversial discovery including Prof. Enrico Mattievich, a Brazilian physics teacher who believes that the true oricalcum comes from South America and contains gold. Neither man publicly agreed with the dirty ‘A’ word but then again rather unsurprisingly neither offer a theory as to who may have made the precious cargo found off Sicily.