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The Destruction of Atlantis: Compelling Evidence of the Sudden Fall of the Legendary Civilization: Compelling Evidence of the Sudden Fall of the Legendary Civilisation (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 28. Februar 2004

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  • Taschenbuch: 2864 Seiten
  • Verlag: Bear (28. Februar 2004)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1591430194
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591430193
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 1,8 x 22,9 cm
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"'Where will it all end?' people wonder. For the answer, let them look to Atlantis. On a scale of one to ten, I give this book a 9.95. This book should be a standard-issue text in all high school and college history courses. It will stand the test of time." (Dr. Robert R. Hieronimus, Host of 21st-Century Radio, author of Founding Fathers, Secret Societies)

"The Destruction of Atlantis is an extensively researched volume that takes on the reality of Atlantis in a conservative and well-reasoned approach. It deserves to be part of every Atlantis library." (David Hatcher Childress, author of Atlantis & the Power System of the Gods and the Lost Cities s)

"I found it compelling, just off-beat enough to be catching to the imagination." (The Courier~Gazette, May 2004)

“A valuable addition to the study of lost civilizations and ancient maritime exploration. Essential reading for all true Atlantologists.” (Andrew Collins, author of From the Ashes of Angels and Gateway to Atlantis)

"Intrepid globetrotter, researcher, and writer extraordinaire, Frank Joseph takes the reader on a tour in search of Atlantis. Enjoy with him the alchemical thrill of transforming dramatic legend into historical reality and experience his passion and dedication as he unravels this age-old story. Definitely a can’t-put-downer and must-read book for the enthusiast of ancient mysteries." (Robert G. Bauval, author of The Orion Mystery and Message of the Sphinx)

"Like a hot new detective story surrounded by dusty tomes, The Destruction of Atlantis shines brightly amid the dim and dull fare from the cloistered towers of academe and elsewhere." (J. Douglas Kenyon, editor, Atlantis Rising magazine)


All human cultures, from classical and biblical to native North and South American, share the myth of an ancient deluge that often coincides with a rain of fire from the heavens. Now, in The Destruction Of Atlantis, author Frank Joseph, links this worldwide cultural phenomenon to the story of the lost civilisation of Atlantis, which in a single day and night disappeared into the sea in a violent cataclysm. In the most comprehensive account of this legendary island, Frank Joseph provides compelling evidence based on 20 years of research around the globe that Atlantis was at the root of all subsequent human civilisations. Refuting modern scepticism, he provides evidence from archaeology, geology, astronomy and ancient lore to prove the existence of Atlantean civilisation in the context of Near Eastern Bronze Age society at the end of the 13th century B.C.E. He combines hard scientific evidence with a stunning and imaginative re-creation of what it must have been like to walk the streets of Atlantis in its last days. The resulting portrait of a mighty empire corrupted by an overreaching lust for wealth and power offers an important lesson to our own materialistic civilisation.

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2 von 3 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Hans-Jürgen Borkmann am 7. Mai 2010
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This book is seemingly serious and gives new and interesting informations about Atlantis.
Now I see Atlantis more in a historical context than as mystical fiction.

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A book as fascinating as Atlantis itself... 16. Januar 2004
Von Takis Tz. - Veröffentlicht auf
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Any quick search either here at Amazon or in google about books dealing with Atlantis will show that there's a vast number of them out there. The reason i picked this one was that I'd previously read another book by this author (Synchronicity and you) which I found mindblowing.
I was rewarded beyond my expectations. "The Destruction of Atlantis" is nothing short of absolutely fascinating.
Frank Joseph takes all the latest research results available to us, especially those that have been aided by modern technology and combines them masterfully with geological data and -of course- mythology accounts to provide overwhelming evidence not only of the existence of Atlantis but of thorough details of its civilisation and the characteristics of its inhabitants.
But more impressively, the account on how Atlantis was destroyed is hair-raising. These days it's not more a scientific crime to utter the dreaded A-word. Well, not for the most openminded scientists out there. Atlantis is being again revisited and re-researched with a vengeance by a new generation of historians, geologists and astronomers, especially those that understand the concept of looking at mythology as a definitive account of history and not a collection of allegories.
The theory presented here in entirely convincing manner is that Atlantis was located where today's present day Canary Islands are and that it was devastated by the cataclysmic force of a cosmic storm. That included the raindown of asteroids very probably originating from the Taurides. An asteroid of massive size that fell in the Atlantic was responsible for global catastrophe of unimaginable proportions. Tsunamis that rose to 300-500 meters and oblitarated not only that island but most of the coastal civilisations of Greece and Egypt coupled with powerful chain-earthquakes and intense volcanic activity resulting in millions of dead and the freezing of those civilisations. This would then account for the up-to-now puzzling gaps we have about the Bronze age era.
Atlantis itself sank really in one day and night -as Plato had described in "Kriteas"- taking down with it one of the most compelling civilisations of those times.
Reading about such an event is at the very least humbling. Inevitably it makes you think about our current arrogance as a species and the parallels with the arrogance that the Atlanteans themselves had displayed are chilling.
Frank Joseph happens to be incredibly charismatic not only as a researcher but as an author as well. Normally, books dealing with such issues are not always easy to read. Many are riddled with heavy erudite overscholarly styles and dry language, but Joseph's language and descriptive style is a sheer treat.
He provides his own account of that macabrely monumental day when Atlantis went down already in the opening of the book complete with his version of the Atlanteans trying to flee only to be engulfed by behemoth walls of water or to boil alive from the volcanoes on the island spilling surreal amounts of lava into the sea.
He then goes on to detail about the latest data we have concerning the theory he puts forward. His inevitable listing of global myths commemorating a world-deluge is absolutely necessary as it concretely shows that the "allegory approach" of such accounts is naive. The first parts of this book are already capturing but even as you reach the middle and the end of it it only gets better and more intimidating.
The idea of a cosmic disaster of such a magnitude was, is and will remain one of the biggest threats humanity has to face. Recent evidence from the crashing of comet Levy-shoemaker have emphatically demonstrated the type of danger we are dealing with and how powerless we might be against it ultimately.
But coming back to Atlantis, this issue remains one of tremendous importance as it is eventually bound to change the dogmas about ancient history in a rather uncomfortable way for those who approach history in the dry monodimensional way it has been dealt with up to now. The legacy of that civilisation is seemingly haunting in a very interesting way. It dissapeared but never really died. Its implications remain as significant as hey could ever be.
A chilling, intimidating wonderfully researched and presented book and a must for anybody with interest in "alternative archaelogy" even if that term is beginning to lose the quotation marks by now. There's nothing "alternative" about the existence of Atlantis. Nor with other even more intimidating matters. Reality was never "alternative" but it's everfascinating...
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Something a little different 2. August 2002
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Having read numerous books on the subject of Atlantis over the last few years, I found Frank Joseph's book to be in some ways just another in an endless parade of similar books, yet in other ways it was refreshingly new. Like most Atlantisphiles, he takes Plato's writings as gospel-to some degree-but unlike others, he places Plato's mysterious island nation squarely within the mainstream of history, proposing it existed contemporary to the great nations of the Mediterranean around 2,000 B.C. In this, at least, he manages to reconcile the fact that Plato had the Atlanteans battling a confederation of ancient empires lead by Athens (one of the biggest discrepancies with Plato's account; he has Atlantis battling Athens 8,000 years before Athens was even founded!) thus bringing some credibility to Plato's account. However, he does this through a bit of sleight-of-hand by deciding that Plato was using an Egyptian religious lunar calendar when he speaks of the events he describes as happening 9,000 years earlier; a calendar, fortunately, that counts months as years thus dragging Plato's Atlantis into the second millennium B.C. He also refigures the distances Plato uses to describe the place by deciding he was using something called an Egyptian "aroura" (don't ask me. I never heard of it either) whenever he says stadia (an ancient measurement roughly equal to 620 feet) thus reducing the massive scale of Plato's continent by a factor of ten. While these tricks do work to make Plato's story more palatable, they seem a little contrived. Anyone can get things to add up if they redefine years as months and stadias as "arouras", though it does beg the question as to why Plato didn't take these different scales into account when he first penned the story.
The other problems I had with his theory is that in recognizing that an earthquake in and of itself could not sink an island, he invents all sorts of devices to account for the island's destruction including, among them, a comet that spits giant meteorites every time it passes by and a super volcano that explodes without warning. He also doesn't explain why the destruction of a small island a couple of hundred miles off the coast of Portugal would become the source of flood mythologies in places like Polynesia and India, halfway around the world (in, one would imagine, places essentially unaffected by such a localized catastrophe.) Still, you have to give him credit for doing his best to tie up every loose end. Finally, he manages to find references to Atlantis in nearly every ancient manuscript known to man including, remarkably, the Bible (he apparently didn't get that the book of Revelations is talking about a future catastrophe to be brought upon the planet immediately preceding Christ's physical return. It is NOT a reference to Atlantis!) So adept is he at this, I suspect he could find reference to Atlantis on the back of a cereal box if he tried hard enough!
Joseph generally takes Plato very literally (though, curiously, he doesn't mention whether he accepts Plato's account that the god Poseidon copulated with the king of Atlantis' only daughter as a matter of historic fact.) Like any good "Atlantologist" worth his salt, he is positively passionate about the place, which is easily discerned throughout his writing. In an epic worthy of Lew Wallace, he even devotes an entire chapter describing the place in minute detail and narrating the Atlantean king's attempt to escape from the exploding volcano that is rapidly turning his idyllic Eden into a vast Atlantic mud flat! Pretty cool stuff, huh?
Beyond that, I found the book, like most Atlantean epics, drones on a bit long about things like volcanic ash and the mid-Atlantic ridge and ancient deluge mythologies (really, wouldn't a few examples serve to make his point that flood mythologies are universal? Do we really need scores of references?) Obviously, Joseph has done a considerable amount of research and writes reasonably well (he should; after all, he's had twenty years to polish the thing.) Yet he is too devoted to his particular pet theory to consider other possibilities and can be positively hostile to other theories. Over all, I found The Destruction of Atlantis to be a pretty average book on the subject; less goofy and bizarre than most but also less objective than others. Even so, it should make a decent addition to any Atlantis-buff's library.
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Brings to light what REALLY happened 3,200 years ago... 29. Dezember 2002
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"The Destruction of Atlantis," written by Frank Joseph, is by far the best book I have read concerning the fall of the lost city of Atlantis. The book brings uses evidence from several civilizations worldwide to futher its claims and is terribly compelling. Jospeh starts slow, first recounting the story of Atlantis as he sees it and then elaborating his details with scientific fact. This book is definantly one that is hard to put down; it coherantly brings together everything scientists know about the city and everything they are afraid to pursue in a manner that is understandable to anyone.
The book is centered around the idea that Atlantis sank to the bottom of the Atlantic during the early days of November 1198 B.C.E. after a meteor struck the ocean setting off a huge cataclysmic event. Joseph explains how the world was reaching the height of civilization when a horrific deluge ensued, knocking back humanity and destroying the Bronze Age.
This book is wonderfully written and I encourage any Atlantean fanatic OR skeptic to check it out; it is definantly worth it.
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A very well-researched book on Atlantis 14. April 2003
Von D. Hill - Veröffentlicht auf
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This is a very good book on Atlantis. The primary new theories in this book say that the destruction occurred around 1200 b.c., rather than around 10,000 b.c., as in the lore, also that Atlantis was an island, rather than a continent (no two writers will ever agree on anything to do with Atlantis). I am unconvinced on those two counts, but much of the research the author has brought forward is really interesting. The book starts out fine and I couldn't put it down for the first hundred pages. There's a section where Atlantis and the Great Flood is examined through various ancient myths in the world where the book slows down a little, the material is helpful, but can't help but to be repetitive. And then, in the end, in the summary, it goes back to being more involving again. There's even a section in the Bible, in Revelations, that might be a reference to the destruction of Atlantis, under a different name. Also of note, that the fair-haired Guanche civilization once on the Canary Islands claimed to be descendents of Atlantis. It even touches on the recent underwater ruins discovered off the coast of Cuba. This book takes the topic of Atlantis seriously, without bias, and is a good reference book for people that want to look for the facts so far on the subject, not be flooded with a writer's own natural prejudices. Read it, between this book and certain others, somewhere probably lies a more complete story...
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'A Bronze Age Atlantis?' 8. September 2002
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Frank Joseph's new book presents a well reasoned if not always flawless arguement that Plato's Atlantis existed during the Late Bronze Age in archaeological terms , being destroyed ca.1200 B.C.. His choice of dates is not entirely unique. lt was first presented by the late Jurgen Spanuth in a series of books between 1956 and 1979. several other authors such as James Baily [ 'THE GODKINGS AND THE TITANS',1973 and 'SAILING TO PARADISE',1994],J.M.ALLEN ['ATLANTIS:THE ANDES SOLUTION',1999],Eberhard Zangger [THE FLOOD FROM HEAVEN; DECIPHERING THE ATLANTIS LEGEND 1992], and Peter James [THE SUNKEN KINGDOM,1995] all accept the chronology but dissagree on the location. (actually P. James is a chronological revisionist who would reduce the date to ca.925-950 B.C.,though for the same archaeological period.) Mr. Joseph tries his best to set Atlantis where Plato appears to put it - right outside Gibraltar. Some, however, feel that he meant directly across the ocean and so in the Caribbean or the Americas. Thus, while well argued his theory will not please those who already favor another location such as the Americas or Antarctica, for example. Nor is it liable to convince anyone who thinks the story to be purely allegorical. lt is an excellent introduction to the subject for those interested but uncommited to any particular hypothesis. The proportional reduction of Plato's dates and demensions may remind some readers of the Minoan-Atlantis theory but the author is at pains to distance himself from the latter.Their ten-fold reductions had little or no ancient backing, especially where the dates are concerned. And yet the years as months solution was cited by virtually every ancient writer who dealt with Egypt, whence the tale ostensibly came.Still, many today are skeptical of the idea, particulary those that require a distantly prehitoric Atlantis. The reduction in scale is plausible but will upset literalists and 'New Agers' seeking a Paleolithic super-civilization 12,000 years ago.To Joseph's credit Plato never said nor even implied that Atlantis was the progenitor of civilization, a basic assumption of many Atlantiists. As for the issue of the scale the unit he mentions, the aroura, was a primary unit of area amongst the Egyptians but was sometimes called a stadia because that was it's circumference. The Greek stadium was a unit of length. Thus the reduction was 1/4th Plato's literal scale but it wouldve' been an easy error to make.Only if Plato made up the whole story, as the critics contend, could he have transmitted it utterly free of mistakes. Even were it basicly historical Plato might well have intentionally altered details for his own reasons. He was a philosopher not a modern jounalist! l might have prefered a bit more detail on the context the author chose but that mightve' proved too technical for most readers.Those more into psychicly obtained information like the readings of Edgar Cayce will doubtless be dissappointed here, as they won't find any flying vehicles or 'power crystals'. Others may not accept the transoceanic diffusion aspect. I appreciated the latter, however, since Mr. Joseph does edit a magazine on the subject [ANCIENT AMERICAN]. So, if your mind is open where Atlantis is concerned l highly recommend the book.l'm glad to have it in my collection.
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