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Lost Continents: The Atlantis Theme (1954)

by L. Sprague de Camp

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Though more known as a fantasy/sf writer than a professional scholar, L.Sprague de Camp was an intelligent widely read who put together a very full survey of the myth of Atlantis (and related lost continents like Lemuria), retailing the many bizarre theories with cheerful skepticism. ( )
  antiquary | Jan 16, 2018 |
A very well written and intense study of the theory of lost continents with special emphasis on Atlantis which sadly, drove me to tears of boredom. Lost continents make for excellent fiction but as Sprague de Camp shows so well, there is no history of Atlantis for it is fictional with no basis in geology or history. ( )
  ShelleyAlberta | Jul 10, 2016 |
First published in 1954 and revised in 1970, de Camp's book is outdated in some respects (and obviously all literary use of the theme in recent decades is absent), but not ones that affect his main conclusions, viz. that Atlantis is a literary invention by Plato, taking inspiration from various real-world phenomena - islands do sometimes sink - but not based on any particular historical or prehistorical event.

Now, I do doubt that the book has found or will find many readers that both need being convinced Atlantis isn't real and are willing to be swayed by facts. Rather, the book's valuable as a look at a strand of intellectual history and for de Camp's wry commentary.
1 vote AndreasJ | Jul 4, 2012 |
Almost forty years on, this is still the best overview of the Atlantis mythos in classical and modern literature; scientifically debunks a lot of crackpot theories, tongue-in-cheeckly reviews Atlantis as a venue for both fantasy and "seious" literature, and it is a delight to read. This is Lyon Sprague De Camp at his non-fiction best. ( )
1 vote davide.mana | Sep 3, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0486226689, Paperback)

A leading authority examines the facts and fancies behind the Atlantis theme in history, science, and literature. Sources include the classical works from which Plato drew his proposal of the existence of an island continent, Sir Thomas More's Utopia, the Lemurian Continent theory, K. T. Frost's equation of Atlantis with Crete, and many other citations.

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A leading authority examines the facts and fancies behind the Atlantis theme in history, science, and literature. Sources include the classical works from which Plato drew his proposal of the existence of an island continent, Sir Thomas More's Utopia, the Lemurian Continent theory, K. T. Frost's equation of Atlantis with Crete, and many other citations of Atlantis in both famous and lesser-known literature. Related legends are also recounted and refuted, and reports include accounts of actual expeditions searching for the sunken continent and attempts to prove its existence through comparative anatomy and zoology.… (more)

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