BY DR P P FLAMBAS
PLATO'S CARIBBEAN ATLANTIS
A SCIENTIFIC ANALYSIS
ABOUT THE BOOK
Plato’s Caribbean Atlantis is a scientific analysis of the Ancient Greek philosopher Plato’s writings about the lost civilisation of Atlantis. The book’s analysis is based on Plato’s two written works about the Atlantis story, the Timaeus and Critias. Plato wrote these two documents, called dialogues, in about 360 BCE. They are the only known works that describe the civilisation of Atlantis in detail.
Plato wrote about a prehistoric civilisation with Bronze Age technology that existed more than nine thousand years before his time. He describes the Atlanteans’ civilisation as an aggressive imperial military power that originated on a large “Atlantic island” located in the Atlantic Ocean. The Atlanteans conquered and enslaved Western Mediterranean cultures and then attempted to expand their empire by conquering more cultures in the Eastern Mediterranean. The Atlanteans were defeated in a war by the remaining free Mediterranean people and were eventually driven entirely from the Mediterranean region. Sometime after the Mediterranean war, the Atlanteans’ homeland on the “Atlantic island” sank into the sea during devastating earthquakes and floods. Plato also describes the details of a prehistoric Athenian society that fought in the war against the Atlanteans but was itself destroyed by natural disasters.
Why would anyone living in the 21st century be interested in a story written over two thousand years ago about a lost civilisation? Dr Phil Flambas, a medical practitioner living in Sydney, Australia poses this question at the core of his comprehensive manuscript about the lost civilisation of Atlantis. His thoughtful response to the persistent question of “Did Atlantis Really Exist?” will leave readers and explorers itching to find out whether and where it may be found.
Plato’s Caribbean Atlantis uses Plato’s geographical descriptions of the “Atlantic island” to locate it in the Caribbean region. The book argues that the Atlantic Island was once a large landmass above sea level that “sank” and now forms a large part of the Caribbean Sea floor. If the Caribbean was the centre of an Atlantean civilisation over eleven thousand years ago, then the first human civilisation developed in the “New World” of the Americas, not in the “Old World” civilisations of Mesopotamia, India, China or Egypt.
Plato’s Atlantis story in the Timaeus and Critias dialogues is based on the writings of the Ancient Greek political leader called Solon. Solon was an important historical figure in Athens in the 6th century BCE, almost two centuries before Plato lived there. During the early 6th century BCE, Solon traveled to the the city of Sais in the Nile Delta in Egypt where he met with Egyptian temple priests who possessed “sacred records” concerning Atlantis. The Egyptian priests showed Solon those ancient historical records and told him the story of Atlantis. They told him about events that had occurred nine thousand years before Solon’s time, which is over eleven thousand years ago. Plato apparently received the Atlantis story in the early 4th century BCE. It was contained in a document that Solon wrote based on what he saw and heard in Egypt. Plato then used the details from Solon’s document to write about Atlantis in the Timaeus and Critias dialogues.
The many thousands of books and articles already written about Atlantis attempt to describe it and the locations for it but they satisfy few of Plato’s detailed descriptions. Plato’s Caribbean Atlantis gives rational and scientific explanations for all of the features of the Atlantis story contained in Plato’s writings. It also includes a geological explanation for the existence and destruction of the large island in the Atlantic Ocean that was the centre of Atlantean civilisation.
Plato’s Caribbean Atlantis is the result of a six-year project dedicated to explaining Plato’s Atlantis story and its description of Atlantis and its empire. It is aimed squarely at the science behind Plato’s descriptions; its purpose is to convince people of the truth of Plato’s Atlantis story. The book applies recent scientific knowledge from various disciplines to explain Plato’s descriptions of the Atlantic Island and the Earth at the time he specified. The main subject areas in the book include Ancient History, Archaeology, Climate Science, Geology, Human Prehistory and Palaeontology.
Plato’s Caribbean Atlantis investigates and tries to answer many questions that no one has adequately answered up to now, with the main questions being:
• Was the Egyptian priests’ story of Atlantis copied and transmitted accurately over thousands of years in the “sacred records” that Solon saw?
• Did Solon have an accurate translation of the Atlantis story from Egyptian to Greek?
• Did Plato believe Solon’s story of Atlantis to be true?
• Were Plato’s dialogues on Atlantis accurately transmitted from Plato’s time to the present day?
• Assuming Plato’s geographical descriptions are accurate, where was the Atlantic Island and what did it look like?
• When did humans settle on the Atlantic Island and how did they get there?
• Did our human ancestors of over eleven thousand years ago have the physical and intellectual capacity to develop the technology of a Bronze Age civilisation?
• Is there any continuity of the prehistoric civilisations and cultures Plato describes for the Atlantean Empire and Mediterranean? What is the archaeological evidence for cultural continuity at those locations?
• Could the Atlanteans have created the technology that Plato describes? What are the equivalent technologies from known ancient civilisations?
• What prehistoric climate events could have caused the numerous “deluges” and other “destructions of mankind” described by the Egyptian priests in the dialogues?
• What geological events might explain the destruction of the prehistoric Athens?
• What geological mechanism might explain the creation and destruction of the Atlantic Island?
• Where could researchers look for physical evidence of the truth of Plato’s Atlantis story and the prehistoric Atlantean and Mediterranean worlds Plato described?
Dr Flambas’ exciting and original work faces these questions head-on with a narrative that is at once as readable as it is thought provoking. He explains, “I want people like me who are curious about Plato’s Atlantis story to keep searching for answers. My ultimate goal is for serious researchers to go where I believe Atlantis and its empire once existed. I want them to find material evidence of Plato’s story, which he claimed was fact and not fiction. As a medical practitioner, I know the importance of evidence-based practice and debunking the many myths that surround the Atlantis story is no different. So much pseudoscientific rubbish has been written about Atlantis in the past that I felt compelled to demonstrate the truth of Plato’s descriptions with the facts presented in this book. If the science is there, it is hard to ignore it.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dr Phil Flambas
Phil Flambas was born in Sydney, Australia in 1953. He was a student at Sydney Boys High and attended the University of NSW medical school, graduating as a doctor in 1978. In his early twenties, he went to Sri Lanka for a few months as a medical student, combined with backpacking through India and Nepal. After graduating medicine, Phil worked as a hospital doctor in England to gain extra qualifications to be a country GP back in Australia. During his time away from Australia, he spent several months backpacking in Morocco, Greece, Turkey and Egypt, where he saw the remains of their ancient cultures first-hand.
After returning to Australia and practicing medicine as a country GP for some years, Phil became interested in the commercialisation of new technologies as a change of career. He returned to Sydney and became the Managing Editor of a long-established medical journal. Realising he needed more knowledge to achieve his goals in technology transfer, he left medical publishing and entered full-time study for a Master of Business Administration from the University of NSW, graduating in 1992. Since then, Phil has worked as a hospital administrator, management consultant and equities analyst, supplemented at times with part-time medical work. Due to family commitments, he returned to full-time medical practice for the past ten years. In his spare time, he has been researching and writing about Plato’s Atlantis story for the past six years.