Γεια σου! Do you know what it means? It's the Greek word to say "Hello"! Greece is a country located in the Southern part of Europe. It has got 11.260.401 inhabitants and it's world-known because of being the cradle of one of the most important civilizations in the history of the Occidental World. Even nowadays Greece has got very difficult economic problems, it has been one of the most powerful countries in the Ancient World and, it is reflected in the Art and great legends is has left.
So, in this entry, I am going to show to you the most fascinating mysteries of the history of Greece, of the history of the World... Atlantis!
Greek people thought that there was a civilization located in a island which had a powerful economy, a great culture and the best army but a disaster occurred and the place sank. The patron of Atlantis was Poseidon and it was his kingdom, where he had his palace, his temples... It had the biggest library of the World and everybody wanted to live there because there, wealth and knowledge were the principal things of the legendary Kingdom.
The legend tells that the inhabitants of Atlantis were so intelligent and powerful that they became arrogant with Greeks and they became more powerful than these ones in fields related to trade so,the Gods and Godsesses who defended the people of the Hellenic country became angry and destroyed the legendary island, locating it under the sea. Poseidon was furious and broke his relationship with the other Gods and Goddesses and started guarding the underwater island to hide it from humans.
But, where is Atlantis located? Some scientists of the Modern Ages thought it was located in the Atlantic Ocean and it was a huge continent but, nowadays, we know these teories are not true. As you can see in the map, it is three times bigger than the Iberian Peninsula so, it is not very credible. In the map you can see that the Canarian Islands would form part of the Kingdom of Atlantis, too.
You could say, what are all the islands near North America and that piece of land near Mexico? Those parts of land would have been part of that legendary kingdom but, in my opinion, if the Atlantis has existed, it would have been much smaller.
So, the strangest thing is "How did Atlantis sink?" In a scientific way, of course. Perhaps, there was a volcano and the island blew off or, a tsunami caused by an earthquake devastated the place. We don't know...
Another information is that, very strong floods which took place in the Ancient Ages destroyed the island but it's very strange because if it was so big the floods wouldn't have made so much damage, only a little.
1. Look at this picture. It's a Greek Island with a relationship with Atlantis. Tell what disaster occurred and the name and the location of the island.
2. What is the name given to the people of Atlantis?
3. Watching the video, say if you think it's possible that the Atlantis has existed or not. Explain it and give your opinion.