Atlantis and Syracuse

Atlantis and Syracuse

Did Plato's experiences on Sicily inspire the legend? A study on Plato's later political writings

Gunnar Rudberg , Thorwald C. Franke (Hrsg.)

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120 Seiten

ISBN-13: 9783848228225

Verlag: Books on Demand

Erscheinungsdatum: 15.10.2012

Sprache: Englisch

Farbe: Nein

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Syracuse was the place where Plato tried to approach his ideal state in reality – and failed because of the decadence and unjustness of the city and its ruler. Indeed, Syracuse shares many similarities with Plato's Atlantis: Like Atlantis, it was situated on a large and fertile island in the west, a city of abundant wealth and power. As in Atlantis, the ruler's castle and magnificent temples were gathered on a small island. As in Atlantis, there were several harbors, quarries and walls encircling the city. And like Atlantis, Syracuse waged war with Athens. But what sounds like a hot trail to decipher the enigma of Plato's Atlantis lay forgotten for a long time: As early as 1917, far ahead of his time, Gunnar Rudberg wrote this most coherent scientific analysis. The world did not, however, take notice of a Swedish text. Translated now for the first time, Rudberg's thesis is still a very good read on Plato's Atlantis, presenting not only one of the most credible solutions for Plato's Atlantis, but also offering an introduction to Atlantis research in general; the work confronts today's prevailing hypotheses with valuable criticism. Also included is a remarkable classification scheme of ancient and modern Atlantis hypotheses.
Gunnar Rudberg

Gunnar Rudberg

Gunnar Rudberg (1880-1954) was an internationally renowned Swedish classicist, Professor of Classical Philology and Greek Language and Literature at the universities of Oslo and Uppsala. Rudberg’s scientific works had Plato as their focus.

Thorwald C. Franke

Thorwald C. Franke (Hrsg.)

Thorwald C. Franke arbeitet seit 1999 daran, vorherrschende Irrtümer von Atlantisskeptikern und Atlantisbefürwortern zu überwinden und den Möglichkeitsraum für Atlantis als einen realen Ort auf philologischer und historisch-kritischer Grundlage näher zu bestimmen. In mehreren Publikationen erarbeitete er wissenschaftlich vertretbare Thesen, die sich als verlässliche Wegweiser für die richtige Interpretation von Platons Atlantiserzählung bewährt haben. Thorwald C. Franke ist Diplom-Informatiker und lebt in Frankfurt am Main.

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