An Atlantis expert claims the mythical city Plato wrote about, Atlantis was actually near the Mediterranean island of Sardinia.
His theory suggests the city of Atlas was real, and proof of an advanced civilization on and near the island exists.
He believes the civilization was wiped out by a comet hitting the ocean causing a massive tsunami, sending them into a dark age.
Atlantis is thought to be a fictional island mentioned within an allegory on the hubris of nations in Plato’s worksTimaeus and Critias, where it represents the antagonist naval power that besieges “Ancient Athens”, the pseudo-historic embodiment of Plato’s ideal state (see The Republic). In the story, Athens was able to repel the Atlantean attack, unlike any other nation of the (western) known world, supposedly giving testament to the superiority of Plato’s concept of a state. At the end of the story, Atlantis eventually falls out of favor with the gods and famously submerges into the Atlantic Ocean.
Despite its minor importance in Plato’s work, the Atlantis story has had a considerable impact on literature. The allegorical aspect of Atlantis was taken up in utopian works of several Renaissance writers, such as Bacon’s New Atlantis and More’s Utopia.