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Introductory literature

on Plato's Atlantis


The Atlantis theme is complex and controversial, therefore there is no comprehensive introductory work. The following lists of literature help the academically interested newcomer to find a reasonable first access to the Atlantis theme.

Pro Existence

English:

German:

Against Existence

English:

German:

Plato and Egypt

English:

German:

Translations and Commentaries

All translations of Plato's text have their flaws since a translation is already an interpretation. You should in any case read more than one translation, at best of course the original text.

Helpful are academic commentaries which comment on Plato's text sentence by sentence, word by word:

English resp. German:

Older Introductions

In the 1930s two introductions to the Atlantis theme were published, but they are outdated and fail to address the Atlantis theme under an academically satisfactory perspective:

German resp. English:

How to get this Literature

Older translations of Plato's text are available for free on the internet. Some of the books are out of print. You can buy them e.g. on www.abebooks.com. Articles from academic journals are available via libraries.

Tip for your internet searches: Do not search for "Atlantis" but for "Atlantis Plato". The quality of the results will rise drastically.

Conclusion

Of course, these recommendations are not meant to set any limit to your own thoughts and research. But I hope I could make a reasonable access to the Atlantis theme easier for you!

Thorwald C. Franke



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