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It has brought forth innumerable books, films, web-pages, articles, but most of them of highly speculative or esoteric character.Some people even believe that the inhabitants of Atlantis were extraterraneans...But afterwards there occurred violent earthquakes and floods; and in a single day and night of misfortune all your warlike men in a body sank into the earth, and the island of Atlantis in like manner disappeared in the depths of the sea.For which reason the sea in those parts is impassable and impenetrable, because there is a shoal of mud in the way; and this was caused by the Even though Plato himself sustains the thruth of his story, already short time after he had published it, Atlantis was interpreted by some as an educational legend invented by Solon and /or Plato in order to glorify the virtue of the Athenians and to illustrate their philosophical ideas.The texts where the Atlantis itself occurs came to us by Plato (427-347 BC).He tells us in his dialogues Kritias and Timaios in great detail the story of a high-standing, flourishing civilization with divine origins that lived on an island or a small continent outside the columns of Hercules (mostly interpreted as the Straits of Gibraltar).
Atlantis stands for one of mankind's oldest dreams and myths, the one of the lost paradise.
By then, the Gods' anger against Atlantis was so strong, that they destroyed it in a single day and night, by earthquakes, and sunk it into the sea, leaving only a mass of mud behind.
As to the support the authenticy of his account, Plato - through the words of Kritias - sustains that he used an old Egyptian report that he had obtained from his grandfather, who had got it from a friend who in turn got it from the Great Solon who lived around 640-560 BC.
In Plato's version it is not a objective report of events, but rather a moral tale that uses the story of - true or invented - events in the background.
As a consequence, when it comes to interpreting the story as a report, it is not ambiguous.