Some lovely visuals, but from the start it was thumbs down on accuracy.
Maybe it was most appropriate that the citadel of Atlantis in the computer
mockup was topped with two enormous horns... as of a lotta Bull.
Part I. treats Plato's account of hearing his uncle's account of Atlantis, as
absolute fact, which is surely dubious.
Then the part about Columbus gave us the popular myth of the Evil Spanish
Inquisition out with torches against anyone who had New Ideas - like
Columbus. Never mind that Columbus was a devout son of the Church, filled
his letters with pious palaver, and used to board at monasteries when he was
in town begging money from Ferdinand and Isabella. (And has even been
proposed for Sainthood, though he hasn't made it.)
If that's the level of accuracy in the rest of the text, oh well...
They had a great computer mockup of a supposed aerial view of Atlantis,
though. Not to forget that the wondrous JRR Tolkien had a great interest in
Atlantis, had a recurrent dream of its drowning, and recreated it as
And I liked the part about one of my favorite weird women, Helena Petrovna
Blavatsky. We saw the great photo of her (those =eyes=!), and saw a wild
impersonation by an actress who was quite good but didn't have the fully
frizzy hair of HPB. Also photos and impersonation of her colleague Col.
Olcott, who had one of the Beards of the Century.
This subject had my attention from an early age. My great-aunt used to send
me copies of THE MAGAZINE OF NATURAL HISTORY, passed along to her by her
boss. It was rather like the SMITHSONIAN today in size, glorious color
illustrations, and level of intellectual interest. One issue included an
article about Atlantis, Mu and Lost Continents in general, by L. Sprague de
Camp, whom I later met as a science fiction writer. It took up Plato,
Donnelly, and Churchward (the guy who invented Mu/Lemuria) and others,
dispatching them with a good deal more skepticism than did the A&E show.
Anyway, I loved it and I think once wrote a paper for school based on it -
and was able to get copies of the Donnelly and Churchward books, I cannot now
imagine from where. Maybe the public library even actually owned them.
Mary Renault used the Santorini volcano/fall of Crete thesis in her wonderful
novel, THE KING MUST DIE.
I'm going to start calling my gold serpent ring bought on Santorini/Thera my
"ring from Atlantis."