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PLATO'S ATLANTIS MEMORIES IN FLAVIO JOSEPHUS

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PLATO'S ATLANTIS MEMORIES IN FLAVIO JOSEPHUS



Flavio Josephus it locates a tradition on possible happened marine catastrophes in remote times in the Atlantic coasts of Spain and Portugal




[Extract of the Georgeos Diaz-Montexano's Book]: "... the old writer known like Flavio Josephus author of the famous work "The Wars of the Jews ", he offers an important track that could be interpreted like a reference to the catastrophe of Atlantis.

The appointment we found it in book 2, section 374-375, where one talks about to the inhabitants of the coasts of the Ocean of Spain and Portugal until the Pillars of Hercules or Gibraltar.

“…phula te Lousitanôn kai Kantabrôn areimania oude geitôn ôkeanos phoberan kai tois epichôriois ampôtin epagôn; all', huper tas Hêrakleious stêlas ekteinantes…”

"... nor could the martial tribes of the Lusitanians and Cantabrians escape; no more could the ocean, with its tide (the ebb-tide, ebb and flow), which yet was terrible to the ancient inhabitants; at least, until where the Pillars of Hercules extend..." (Translation by Georgeos Díaz-Montexano, 2002)

As it can be appraised, Flavio is talking about the Atlantic coasts of Spain and Portugal that extend from the north (Cantabria) to the Straits of Gibraltar. The appointment mentions waves that had been terrible to the old inhabitants, that is to say, is speaking of the old settlers of these coasts; of some event of the past, not of the present. The word that uses Flavio to name to these waves of the Atlantic coasts of Iberia is AMPÔTIN; this Greek word is translated (according to the context) like “a being sucked back, the ebb-tide, ebb and flow, tides”; terms that would fit perfectly with the typical waves that generate tidal waves or tsunamis.

It is impossible to imagine or supposition that Flavio is talking about other events that are not such that Plato describes in the Timaeus and the Critias when speaks of the catastrophic end of the island of Atlantis (or island that belonged to the Atlantis). It would be too much coincidence that Plato described to a catastrophe or a cataclysm similar to a tidal wave or tsunami that happened in the past, in the same geographic area, that is to say, in the surroundings of Gibraltar and the Atlantic coasts of Iberia, and that later Flavio Josephus an appointment like this wrote, that, without doubt, reveals to us that he knew some histories or traditions on the past Iberia, that narrated terrible events or catastrophes happened by the waves of the sea.

It is very probable that Flavio Josephus it was thinking about the history of Atlantis when this news wrote. It is obvious that he would know writings Plato. In any case, the appointment can demonstrate that, in the times of Flavio Josephus the belief or tradition that was had in the Atlantic coasts of Iberia terrible events related to the waves of the sea had happened - in the past -, that is, old memories of tsunamis or tidal waves. And this, or by influence of Plato, or real historical traditions, seizures of the own inhabitants of Iberia, constitutes an excellent confirmation of the veracity of the facts narrated by Plato in its "True History" ("ALHTHINON LOGON ", according to its own words) of Atlantis... " [Extract of the Georgeos Diaz-Montexano's Book]




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