Annotated Bibliography for Catastrophism: Atlantis

Beaumont, W. C. The Riddle of Prehistoric Britain.

Beaumont identifies Great Britain as Atlantis and suggests that a comet destroyed Atlantean settlements around 1322 B.C.

Braghine, Alexander. The Shadow of Atlantis.
Dutton, New York, 1940.

See Braghine for details.

Carli, Comte Giovanni Rinaldo. Lettres Americaines.
Buisson, Paris: 1788.

See Carli for details.

Galanopoulos, Angelos Georgiou, and Edward Bacon. Atlantis; the truth behind the legend.
Bobbs-Merrill, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1969.

One of the early works proposing that the Atlantis legend originated in the destruction caused by the Bronze-Age explosion of Thera. At the time this book was written, the explosion was dated to between 1500 B.C. and 1450 B.C.

Muck, Otto Heinrich. The Secret of Atlantis.
Times Book, New York, 1978.

Muck suggests Atlantis was destroyed by a direct asteroid impact.

Pellegrino, Charles. Unearthing Atlantis.
Vintage Books, New York, 1991.

Pellegrino supports the idea that the explosion of Thera around 1628 B.C. formed the basis for the legend of Atlantis. Pellegrino presents recent results indicating the most likely time of the explosion was around 1628 B.C., not 1450-1500 B.C. as believed by most researchers until the late 1980s. Further, the ash layer seems to date to the time of Queen Hatshepsut and King Thutmose III of the Eighteenth Dynasty in Egypt. This means that Egyptian dates for the Eighteenth Dynasty -- and those of other countries correlated to Egypt chronology -- need to be moved back some 150 years from the traditional dates. This continues to be a hot topic.

Reiche, Harald A. T. "The language of archaic astronomy: A clue to the Atlantis myth?"In Astronomy of the Ancients, revised second edition,Kenneth Brecher and Michael Feirtag, editors.
The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA., 1991.

Reiche offers an interesting purely astronomical interpretation of the myth of Atlantis, based upon precession.

Spanuth, Juergen. Atlantis -- The Mystery Unravelled.
The Citadel Press, New York, 1956.

Spanuth identifies the Atlanteans with the Biblical Philistines, the North people of Ramesses III, and the Phaecians of Homer. Spanuth suggests these people migrated south from their original homeland in Heligoland because of a great natural catastrophe around 1200 BC which affected the whole of Europe. Spanuth does not explicitly state what caused the catastrophe, although he hints strongly that the cause was astronomical.

Sprague de Camp, L. Lost Continents: The Atlantis Theme in History, Science, and Literature.
Dover Publications, New York, 1954, 1970.

Sprague de Camp covers the history of the Atlantis story and provides an excellent bibliography of works about Atlantis up to the early 1950s.

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