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The search for Atlantis : a history of Plato's ideal state, Steve P. Kershaw

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The search for Atlantis : a history of Plato's ideal state
Title
The search for Atlantis
Title remainder
a history of Plato's ideal state
Statement of responsibility
Steve P. Kershaw
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "The Atlantis story remains one of the most haunting and enigmatic tales from antiquity, and one that still resonates very deeply with the modern imagination. But where did Atlantis come from, what was it like, and where did it go to? Atlantis was first introduced by the Greek philosopher Plato in the fourth century BC. As he discusses the origins of life, the universe and humanity, the great thinker puts forward a stunning description of Atlantis--an island paradise with an ideal society. But the Atlanteans soon degenerate and become imperialist aggressors: they choose to fight against antediluvian Athens, which heroically repels their mighty forces, before a cataclysmic natural disaster destroys the warring states. Plato's dialogues appear remarkably prescient today. Not because they invite a search for a mysterious lost continent, but because of their warnings about the pernicious effects of wealth and power on a ruling class: Atlantis-style luxury, excess, corruption, and imperialism can lead only to decay and disaster. This ever-important tale should be prescribed reading for every political leader. Plato's tale of a great empire that sank beneath the waves has sparked thousands of years of debate over whether Atlantis really existed. But did Plato mean his tale as history--or just as a parable to help illustrate his philosophy?"--
  • The Atlantis story remains one of the most enigmatic tales from antiquity, and still resonates very deeply with the modern imagination. It was first introduced by the Greek philosopher Plato in the fourth century BC, as part of a discussion about the origins of life, the universe and humanity. He put forward a stunning description of Atlantis as an island paradise with an ideal society, which degenerated and chose to fight against Athens, which heroically repelled their forces before a cataclysmic natural disaster destroyed the warring states. Was it simply a parable about the effects of wealth and power on a ruling class, or did Atlantis really exist? -- adapted from jacket
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Dust jacket
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Kershaw, Stephen
Dewey number
  • 001.94
  • 398.234
  • [E]
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • genealogical tables
Index
index present
LC call number
GN751
LC item number
.K47 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Plato
  • Plato
  • Atlantis (Legendary place)
  • Civilization, Ancient
  • BODY, MIND & SPIRIT
  • HISTORY
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • Atlantis (Legendary place)
  • Civilization, Ancient
Label
The search for Atlantis : a history of Plato's ideal state, Steve P. Kershaw
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 349-408) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Ancient mythical and semi-mythical lands -- Plato in context: the Athens of his ancestors -- Plato the philosopher -- Plato's Critias -- Plato's Atlantis in classical antiquity -- Plato's Atlantis in the Hellenistic and Roman periods -- Atlantis in the age of discovery -- The seventeenth century: a new Atlantis -- Enlightenment Atlantis -- Romanticism and Atlantis -- The later nineteenth century: Atlantis unleashed -- The occult, pseudoarchaeology and the Nazis -- Post Second World War Atlantis: catastrophism, etc. -- Minoan Atlantis: Crete and Santorini -- Plato's Atlantis: where, what and why? -- Appendix: The flood myths of Deucalion, Noah, Gilgamesh, Atrahasis and Hathor
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First Pegasus books hardcover edition.
Extent
xi, 417 pages
Isbn
9781681778594
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps, genealogical table
System control number
  • on1023535927
  • (OCoLC)1023535927
Label
The search for Atlantis : a history of Plato's ideal state, Steve P. Kershaw
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 349-408) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Ancient mythical and semi-mythical lands -- Plato in context: the Athens of his ancestors -- Plato the philosopher -- Plato's Critias -- Plato's Atlantis in classical antiquity -- Plato's Atlantis in the Hellenistic and Roman periods -- Atlantis in the age of discovery -- The seventeenth century: a new Atlantis -- Enlightenment Atlantis -- Romanticism and Atlantis -- The later nineteenth century: Atlantis unleashed -- The occult, pseudoarchaeology and the Nazis -- Post Second World War Atlantis: catastrophism, etc. -- Minoan Atlantis: Crete and Santorini -- Plato's Atlantis: where, what and why? -- Appendix: The flood myths of Deucalion, Noah, Gilgamesh, Atrahasis and Hathor
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First Pegasus books hardcover edition.
Extent
xi, 417 pages
Isbn
9781681778594
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps, genealogical table
System control number
  • on1023535927
  • (OCoLC)1023535927

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