Book Impressions: The Atlas of Atlantis and other lost civilizations

Levy, J. (2007). The Atlas of Atlantis and other lost civilizations. London: Godsfield Press.

Visiting almost every region of the planet, [Levy] explores lost lands that have been associated with Atlantis and considers the importance of Lemuria, Mu and other lost and legendary places from Shambhala and Shangri-la to El Dorado and Hy-Brasil.

 “According to ancient myth an extensive island in the Atlantic Ocean… [i]t was said to have been a powerful kingdom before it was overwhelmed by the sea. … In the 16th century it was suggested that America was Atlantis, and there have been a number of other implausable identifications. More recently, and more likely the work of archaeologists and scientists has placed it in the Mediterranean.” (Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, 18th edition)

 The Atlas of Atlantis is one of those books which I just had to have once I saw it. It’s a hardback book that’s lavishly illustrated with artworks and photos and is divided into the following parts:

  • Plato’s Atlantis
  • The Mediterranean World
  • The Americas – Atlantis and the new world
  • The Atlantic Ocean
  • The Pacific – Atlantis, Mu and Lemuria
  • The West Indies
  • Antarctica
  • The Indian Ocean
  • Legendary Lands of the Celts
  • Other Lost Worlds
  • Atlantis and the New Age

Screen Shot 2016-08-23 at 2.08.26 PMLevy’s book is truly an interesting read and a very good stepping stone to get an overview of theories about Atlantis and other lost worlds. That said, it’s not at all short on information – rather the material has been compiled with the reader in mind to lead them on a great adventure in the cracks between history and fiction. Levy also touches on the different societal environments in which the differing ideas and theories about Atlantis and places like Mu and Lemuria took place before focusing on the way in which Atlantis still holds a place in some types of spirituality and pop culture today.

If you’re setting out to learn about Atlantis and lost worlds, The Atlas of Atlantis is a great place to start.

Other sources:

Rockwood, C. (ed.) (2005). Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 18th edition. Edinburgh, Brewer’s.

By Carin Marais

Bibliophile, writer of speculative fiction, non-fiction, and maybe-fiction, language practitioner, doer of stuff.

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