Atlantis: the Antediluvian World
By Ignatius Donnelly
Inspired by the writings of Plato, it details the history and technology of this lost land and is a fascinating read for anyone interested in the theory that ancient civilizations are descended from the peoples of Atlantis. Many of its theories are the source of many modern-day concepts about Atlantis, including these: the civilization and technology beyond its time, the origins of all present races and civilizations, and a civil war between good and evil.
Donnelly noticed that there are a set of similarities between widely separated cultures. This he interpreted as evidence that all civilization diffused outward from a central point (a now sunken continent, Atlantis, in the mid-Atlantic). He cites mythological, linguistic, ethnographic and other evidence for this theory, which at the time seemed to add up to an airtight case. His book, like many of the great authors from the past has been relegated to pseudoscience, yet many modern alternative historians are coming full circle and reviving many of the concepts offered by Donnelly in Atlantis: Antediluvian World of an ancient global civilization.
Ignatius Loyola Donnelly was a U.S. Congressman, populist writer, and amateur scientist. He is known primarily now for his theories concerning Atlantis, Catastrophism (especially the idea of an ancient impact event affecting ancient civilizations), and Shakespearean authorship, which many modern historians consider to be pseudoscience and pseudohistory. Donnelly’s work corresponds to the writings of late 19th and early 20th century figures such as Helena Blavatsky, Rudolf Steiner, and James Churchward.
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