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Atlantis, the Antediluvian World, by Ignatius Donnelly, [], full text etext at Ignatius Donnelly .. That it was the true Antediluvian world; the Garden of Eden; the Gardens of that the Antediluvian World was none other than Atlantis. Results 1 – 16 of 16 Atlantis: The Antediluvian World by Donnelly, Ignatius and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at.

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Return to Book Antexiluvian. Preview — Atlantis by Ignatius L. The great classic of Atlantis, this book more than any other established workd existence of this lost continent for the modern world.

Attracting hundreds of thousands of readers and stimulating vast debate, it influenced generations of people including countless scientists who went on to do serious work in their fields, and numerous science-fiction writers. It wofld a measure o The great classic of Atlantis, this book more than any other established the existence of this lost worls for the modern world.

It is a measure of the power of the Atlantis 18882 that, despite all the evidence to the contrary, the donnellyy of a submerged Atlantic Ocean continent remains vigorous today, long after Donnelly’s work first appeared. Displaying an immense knowledge of Platonic and Biblical material, comparative archeological discoveries, folk traditions of deluges, and geological ignatiua supporting catastrophic volcanic activity, Donnelly staggered his readers with “facts” and overwhelmed them with his many brilliant arguments.

Despite the many more recent discoveries that have proved many of his “facts” to be false, his arguments still dazzle and his central myth continues to fascinate. The highly appealing idea of a lost continent with a high civilization, one that was the mother of all other civilizations, is one of the most enduring of all human myths and shows no signs of disappearing. A seminal work donnelky Atlantis and a classic in the history of culture, this book is the starting point for anyone sincerely interested in the Atlantis myth.

Still the most readable and imaginative of the wtlantis on Atlantis, it is a work that will long outlive most of the more recent accounts. As a study of the golden past, it is an enormously intriguing and enjoyable book.

Paperbackpages. Published December 8th by Dover Publications first published Collector’s Library of the Unknown. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about Atlantisplease sign up. This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [Just getting into it, I think it’s fair to update. It’s not like I don’t know how it ends: The tale itself has always fascinated me.

Much better than a “Standard”, scientific text. Too bad this was Donnelly’s only, truly successful work, he’s quite a writer. Donnell would like to know what date the most recent “Revised” copy was printed. Wor,d 1 question about Atlantis…. Lists with This Book. One of the ongoing debates in the study of prehistory, ancient history and the history of religions has to do with the origin of symbols, life-ways and artifacts.

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When there are similarities, does this mean transmission from one culture to another, an archetypal substratum common to the species or mere coincidence? Donnelly presupposes and favors the atllantis hypothesis and anntediluvian such correspondences between early cultures as evidence of a common source which he associates with Plato’s Atlant One of the ongoing debates in the study of prehistory, ancient history and the history of religions has to do with the origin of symbols, life-ways and artifacts.

Donnelly presupposes and favors the transmission hypothesis and sees such correspondences between early cultures as evidence of atlanntis common source which he associates with Plato’s Atlantis. Much of his book is a detailing of these correspondences and, frankly, it gets rather boring. Donnelly’s other great, and questionable, assumption is that Plato is to be taken literally as regards Atlantis.

Given that stories about mythic lands and origins are so common to cultures throughout the world and throughout history, this is quite an assumption indeed. Think, for instance, of the sixteenth century Spanish tales of hidden civilizations, lost cities and isles. Think, for instance, of the common religious beliefs in other domains to which some go after dead.

Think, perhaps most appositively, of some future scholars seeking the location of Thomas More’s Utopia. Indeed, antediluvan scholars have read Plato’s legend as simply an oblique political critique of the Athenian navarchy. However, if one allows for both of Donnelly’s presumptions, then this book is a worthy exercise and impressive accomplishment for its time of composition.

It certainly is an important text for anyone seeking to trace the history of the idea of Atlantis–or of other “lost” continents–in the modern world. Jan 10, Vrinda Pendred rated it it was amazing Shelves: This was one of the most fascinating books I’ve ever read.

Atlantis: The Antediluvian World

You get excerpts from flood stories from every culture in the world believe me, there are a lot! You get comparative ‘mythology’, religion, history and culture. You can see aorld scary turn racism took in the first half of the 20th century. For me, that was interesting. Terrifying, This was one of the most fascinating books I’ve ever read. Because it’s not something I was ever taught, and psychologically, I found myself wondering just how half the planet could have got swept away by ideas that were ultimately founded in a belief that we descended from the stars.

You don’t see that mentioned in WW2 documentaries on the History Channel, do you? I’ve come across it so many times. And I think it’s ibnatius important part of our history because it demonstrates the power of belief and stories.

And I think that’s very relevant to the modern world and the irrational wars and hate people still wage against each other. How will it ever stop if we don’t look back on this stuff and see how insane it is. I should note that I didn’t get the impression the author of this book was racist. At one point, he actually states donnellly that he believes every ‘white’ person in the world is partly ‘black’, as part of his hypothesis that the whole world was once one unified race that later spread in the aftermath of the great deluge.

But he quoted a number of other ‘great thinkers’ from his time who, frankly, scared me. Yet these people seem to have been ignatiys the US Congress, etc.

We like to think the Germans were alone in Naziism, but it was rife everywhere – including America. I think we shouldn’t gloss over that.


At any rate – a really, really interesting book that gave me a lot more to think about than I expected. Mar 28, N. Baldron rated it really liked it. This was a surprisingly quick read. The research is all from the ‘s so I’m wotld to say if all the quotes owrld accurate. However, the author does offer his sources throughout and even quotes without resource, that information which would have been considered common knowledge at the time.

I feel that he is able to offer enough circumstantial evidence to indicate that there indeed was a land mass in the Atlantic that predates recorded history. He makes an interesting point specifically with re This was antediluviwn surprisingly quick read.

He makes antediluvina interesting point specifically with regards to bananas in Afric and the Americas. Is the memory of this xtlantis catastrophe preserved among the traditions of mankind?

We think there can be no doubt that an affirmative answer must be given to this question. However, I’m not willing to say that Plato’s account of Atlantis the mythical empire bh be held as fact.

Atlantis: The Antediluvian World – Ignatius Donnelly (1882) (1st ed)

If you have a free afternoon you should sit down and read this for yourself. Feb 08, Ugnatius rated it really liked it Shelves: This book was written in It has a lot of interesting data.

Also that most ancient civilizations derived from Atlantis. There are a lot of fonnelly that support some of his ideas, but some of his ideas are real stretches. But who knows, it could have bean an asteroid that caused the Delug This book was written in Or even the melting ice at the end of the last ice age.

But, I still like the idea of Atlantis. As Donovon said in his song, “Hail Atlantis! Dec 07, Matt Kelland rated it really liked it.

Even though I disagree almost entirely with everything Donnelly has to say about Atlantis, I enjoyed anteidluvian. He raises a lot of intriguing questions about the similarities between ancient human societies across the world which still have not been satisfactorily explained by modern science.

Most interesting were the similarities antediluvlan myths, suggesting that either we all make up the same stories, or we have common memories of something else.

Jul 27, Fiona Robson rated it really liked it.

This book was right up my street and provides a very convincing argument that most of the modern wider world, with its myths, religions and customs stem from a common ancestry in an ante-diluvian world. Jan 25, Alyson rated it it was amazing Shelves: It blew my mind!

Jan 11, Lauraley Dilgard rated it it was donnely. I read this book twice the first time several years ago. When I antedoluvian find my book I ordered it and read it again I found it so interesting I really learned a lot.

May 24, Robert Mills rated it really liked it. A book of its time. As the author admits most of the science he used to set up his theories were in their infancy.