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Some thoughts on Plato's Dialogues, Solon,
Thera and the Explosion of Santorini ca. 1628 B.C.

is said to have lived
around circa 600 B.C.

In Plato's Dialogues
relating to his talks with Solon
(20d to 27a)
and Kritias
(108c to 109a and 113a et seq.)
Plato refers to Atlantis
as a "metallurgical" culture
(is this a reference to volcanic metals ?)
allegedly existing 9000 (??)
years prior to Solon.

Scholars seem to have erred
in the end zero of 9000,
and the correct
number is perhaps 900,
seeing that Solon
was born in the 7th century B.C.
giving us a reference date
for Atlantis
of somewhere around 1600 B.C.,
which in fact
is close to the estimated date
of the explosion
of the volcano Santorini
on Thera.

Pellegrino gives a date of 1628 BC
as based on
Carbon 14 radiocarbon data,
(bristlecone pines of California's White Mountains),
successive generations of oak trees
(from Irish peat bogs),
and ice cores
from the Greenland ice sheet.

The same argument
of "one zero too many"
also applies to the

reported geographic size of Atlantis,
where measures have been made
a power of 10 larger
the actual size.

Plato also reports of the fact
that no ships could pass near the island
because of the brimstone.

This would then hardly be a large continent
but is a phenomenon
reported for Thera at that time.

The other statement of Plato
(through Solon)
that Atlantis was
of the "Pillars of Heracles (Hercules)"
- which is a main argument

against the Thera identification -
may NOT necessarily apply
to the Straits of Gibraltar,
as sometimes thought.

a location near Thera and Crete is possible.

After all,
it was Eurystheus
who imposed 12 Labors on
Hercules (Herakles, Heracles)
among which are the following labors
in the general geographic proximity
of Crete and Thera:

Labor Number 7
Capturing the wild bull
that terrorized the
island of Crete
(i.e. the Minotaurus of Menes the Minoan);

Labor Number 10
Seizing the cattle
of the three-bodied giant Geryon,
who ruled the island Erythia
(meaning Red)
in the
far west, and,

Labor Number 11
Bringing back the golden apples
at the world's END
by the Hesperides
(daughters of evening,
i.e. West),
which were guarded
by a DRAGON.

What other
natural phenomena,
other than a volcano
fits a fire-spewing dragon?
and, indeed,
a dragon may have been
the ancients' explanation
for what a volcano was.


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