Malta: Echoes of Plato’s Island | The Prehistoric Society of Malta


Malta: Echoes of Plato’s Island book (or free PDF download from EIE) investigates the idea that the islands of Malta and Gozo are the site of Atlantis.

Malta’s megalithic history gives a basis for this theory, with its incredible amount of ancient stone structuresw on such small islands, and its Cart Ruts as possible canals. The Malta: Echoes of Plato’s Island book provides and interprets geological and other evidence to state Malta’s claim as Plato’s Atlantis.

Malta: Echoes of Plato’s Island book review from Atlantipedia

The book presents, in a very rational manner, the case for considering the Maltese islands as remnants of Atlantis. The authors highlight a wealth of evidence for the islands being far more extensive in area in the distant past but within the experience of man. For example, the surface of Malta today is totally incapable of generating the volume of water that was required to scour out the islands extensive valleys. This anomaly was first commented on by the French geologist, Deodat de Dolomieu, as early as 1791.

Mifsud and Co discuss the archaeology and geology of the region and the compatibility of the existing topography with Plato’s description. Classical sources are liberally quoted in support of their theory. It is generally accepted that the archipelago was once fully connected and considerably extended southwards. Claudius Ptolemy writing in the 2nd century AD records this southern extension of the islands as being enjoyed by human inhabitants and its existence orally transmitted into historical times. Ptolemy gives co-ordinates for the latitude of the temple of Hercules ten minutes (10’) south of the present landmass or about 11 miles.

The book introduces to the Atlantis debate, the concept of biogeographical indexing, which is designed to indicate the probability of an island being colonised based on its size and distance from a mainland. On this basis the islands of Pantelleria and Lampedusa, one of the Pelagian Islands, which lie between Malta and the North African mainland, have the lowest biogeographical indices in the Mediterranean. However, both Lampedusa and Pantelleria were occupied as early as the 6th millennium BC, suggesting that they were probably, at that point in time, greater in size or even part of a single more extensive landmass that included the Maltese archipelago

Mifsud and his collaborators propose a date of 2200 BC for the destruction of this lost kingdom. They point out that this date coincides with the collapse of a number of civilisations in the Mediterranean and the Middle East. Their suggested date conflicts with that of their fellow Maltese writer, Joseph S. Ellul, who considers the destruction of Atlantis to be a consequence of the Biblical Deluge which he places many thousands of years earlier.
Malta: Echoes of Plato’s Island book review from Atlantipedia

This investigation is by various authors (Charles Savona Ventura, Simon Mifsud, Anton Mifsud, Chris Agius Sultana) of The Prehistoric Society of Malta.

If you are off the opinion that the island or land of Atlantis was and can only be in the Atlantic Ocean then this is not the investigation into the location of Atlantis for you. If you have an open mind then this is an intriguing book. Especially if you have visited the Maltese islands.

Malta: Echoes of Plato’s Island newspaper article

‘Malta is Atlantis’ theory aired in two major documentaries. Dr Mifsud said that notwithstanding the formidable number of sites identified with Plato’s Atlantis, the National Geographic research team only gave serious consideration to three sites – Malta, Santorini and the Bahamas.

Dr Mifsud argues that the Maltese islands have the edge on the other two sites principally on the grounds of chronology. It is only Malta that predates Egypt by 1,000 years and this has been one of the major criteria that have identified the island mass that Plato described as Atlantis.

But there are other arguments too. Details furnished by Plato about the culture of Atlantika and the Atlanteans say they built several temples in honour of their gods, their docks were constantly busy building boats and they participated in the cult of the bull, which they ritually sacrificed to their gods in the temples.

“The landscape was dotted throughout by hilly country and canals of all shapes and sizes were dug out all over the surface of the land. These characteristics feature significantly in the prehistoric Maltese archaeological record,” Dr Mifsud said.
Malta is Atlantis theory | Times of Malta

You can also buy a paperback version of the Malta: Echoes of Plato’s Island book from Amazon or if that is not available for your country then BDL who specialise in Maltese books. At the time of this book review it was priced €15.99 + postage and packing.

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