Atlantis the Antediluvian World

Atlantis the Antediluvian World

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We are but beginning to understand the past : one hundred
years ago the world knew nothing of Pompeii or Herculaneum
; nothing of the lingual tie that binds together the Indo-European
nations; nothing of the significance of the vast volume of inscriptions
upon the tombs and temples of Egypt ; nothing of
the meaning of the arrow-headed inscriptions of Babylon ; nothing
of the marvellous civilizations revealed in the remains of
Yucatan, Mexico, and Peru. We are on the threshold. Scientific
investigation is advancing with giant strides. Who shall
say that one hundred years from now the great museums of
the world may not be adorned with gems, statues, arms, and
implements from Atlantis, while the libraries of the world shall
contain translations of its inscriptions, throwing new light upon
all the past history of the human race, and all the great problems
which now perplex the thinkers of our day ?

This book is an attempt to demonstrate several distinct and
novel propositions. These are :
1. That there once existed in the Atlantic Ocean, opposite
tlie mouth of the Mediterranean Sea, a large island, which was
the remnant of an Atlantic continent, and known to the ancient world as Atlantis.
2. That the description of this island given by Plato is not,
as has been long supposed, fable, but veritable history.
3. That Atlantis was the region where man first rose from
a state of barbarism to civilization.
4. That it became, in the course of ages, a populous and
mighty nation, from whose overflowings the shores of the
Gulf of Mexico, the Mississippi River, the Amazon, the Pacific
coast of South America, the Mediterranean, the west coast of
Europe and Africa, the Baltic, the Black Sea,- and the Caspian
were populated by civilized nations.
5. That it was the true Antediluvian world ; the Garden of
Eden; the Gardens of the Hesperides ; the Elysian Fields;
the Gardens of Alcinous; the Mesomphalos ; the Olyrapos; the
Asgard of the traditions of the ancient nations; representing
a universal memory of a great land, where early mankind dwelt
for ages in peace and happiness.
6. That the gods and goddesses of the ancient Greeks, the
Phoenicians, the Hindoos, and the Scandinavians were simply
the kings, queens, and heroes of Atlantis ; and the acts attributed
to them in mythology are a confused recollection of real historical events.
That the mythology of Egypt and Peru represented the
original religion of Atlantis, which was sun-worship.
8. That the oldest colony formed by the Atlanteans was
probably in Egypt, whose civilization was a reproduction of
that of the Atlantic island.
9. That the implements of the "Bronze Age" of Europe
Avere derived from Atlantis. The Atlanteans were also the
first manufacturers of iron.
10. That the Phoenician alphabet, parent of all the European
alphabets, was derived from an Atlantis alphabet, which
was also conveyed from Atlantis to the Mayas of Central America.
11. That Atlantis was the original seat of the Aryan or
Indo-European family of nations, as well as of the Semitic
peoples, and possibly also of the Turanian races.
12. That Atlantis perished in a terrible convulsion of nature,
in which the whole island sunk into the ocean, with nearly all its inhabitants.
13. That a few persons escaped in ships and on rafts, and
carried to the nations east and west the tidings of the appalling
catastrophe, which has survived to our own time in
the Flood and Deluge legends of the different nations of the old and new worlds.
If these propositions can be proved, they will solve many
problems which now perplex mankind ; they will confirm in
many respects the statements in the opening chapters of Genesis
; they will widen the area of human history ; they will explain
the remarkable resemblances which exist between the
ancient civilizations found upon the opposite shores of the Atlantic
Ocean, in the old and new worlds ; and they will aid us
to rehabilitate the fathers of our civilization, our blood, and
our fundamental ideas—the men who lived, loved, and labored
ages before the Aryans descended upon India, or the Phoenician
had settled in Syria, or the Goth had reached the shores
of the Baltic.

Table of Contents
I. The Purpose of the Book 1
U. Plato's History of Atlantis 5
III. The Probabilities of Plato's Story 22
IV. Was such a Catastrophe Possible? 31
V. The Testimony of the Sea 46
VI. The Testimony of the Flora and Fauna 54

I. The Destruction of Atlantis described in the Deluge
Legends 65
II. The Deluge of the Bible 68
III. The Deluge of the Chaldeans 75
IV. The Deluge Legends of other Nations 85
V. The Deluge Legends of America 98
VL Some Consideration op the Deluge Legends 119

I. Civilization an Inheritance 129
II. The Identity of the Civilizations of the Old World and
THE New 136
III. American Evidences of Intercourse with Europe or Atlantis 165
IV. Corroborating Circumstances ....
V. The Question of Complexion ....
VI. Genesis contains a History of Atlantis
VII. The Origin of our Alphabet ....
VIII. The Bronze Age in Europe
IX. Artificial Deformation op the Skull .

I. Traditions of Atlantis 276
II. The Kings of Atlantis become the Gods of the Greeks . 283
III. The Gods of the Phcenicians also Kings of Atlantis . . 308
IV. The God Odin, Woden, or Wotan 313
V. The Pyramid, the Cross, and the Garden of Eden . . .317
VI. Gold and Silver the Sacred Metals of Atlantis .... 34.3

I. The Central American and Mexican Colonies 348
II. The Egyptian Colony 358
III. The Colonies of the Mississippi Valley 370
IV. The Iberian Colonies of Atlantis 387
V. The Peruvian Colony 390
VI. The African Colonies 404
VII. The Irish Colonies from Atlantis 408
VIII. The Oldest Son of Noah 423
IX. The Antiquity of some of our Great Inventions .... 440
X. The Aryan Colonies from Atlantis 456
XI. Atlantis Reconstructed 472