Atlantis: What the Lost Civilization Looked Like

When considering how Atlantis looked, we can combine Plato’s description, the psychic readings of Edgar Cayce, and study the descendent cultures of Atlantis, to attempt to answer the question: what did Atlantis look like?

Atlantis was civilization that made extensive use of water for transportation and aesthetic urban planning, and had technology such as cell phones and helicopters. Their cities resembled those seen in ancient Greece, featuring temples and palaces. Ethnically and culturally the people looked the Mayan people mixed with the ancient Egyptians.

Artist depiction of how Atlantis could have looked.

Quick Recap of Atlantis

Atlantis was a civilization that existed in prehistoric times, and was highly spiritually and technologically advanced. Written about by Plato in 360 BC, it is considered a myth by orthodox researchers, although the idea that it was in fact real persists amongst many. The civilization came to an abrupt end after internal fighting and a series of cataclysmic natural events. Further details of its existence later came from the American psychic Edgar Cayce. In a series of psychic readings which he conducted between 1923 and 1944, he described advanced technology being used, as well as many other details. Read more about Edgar Cayce’s description of Atlantis here.

The Civilization Was Built on a Series of Concentric Circles

In the Socratic dialogues in which Plato described Atlantis, we learned that Atlantis was built on concentric circles. The water ways in between the islands were used for transportation.

There were Many Temples, Palaces, and Statues

According to the description of Atlantis in Timaeus and Critias, the two books Plato wrote that describe Atlantis, there were gardens with hot and cold springs, as well as places for exercise, public baths, and a track for horse-racing. In the centre of the islands was where the government and military had their headquarters, as well as where the palaces that the ruling class lived in, and temples dedicated to the gods they worshipped.

Poseidon, depicted as Neptunes during Roman times.

The Temple of Poseidon Was in the Center of Atlantis

The temple of Poseidon was the most important sacred place in Atlantis, where through an oracle the Atlanteans would receive knowledge from Poseidon. The Atlanteans would receive energetic activations to sustain their high level of energetic vibration, the health of their energetic fields, and keep their chakras balanced and open.

The temple of Poseidon was covered in silver, with gold highlights. Inside the temple was made of ivory, gold, and silver. Within the temple was a huge statue of Poseidon standing in a chariot drawn by six winged horses, surrounded by fifty nereids (female spirits of the sea) riding dolphins. Outside the temple were gold statues of the first ten kings and their wives. In recent times, Poseidon has been portrayed as the king of Atlantis in popular culture, although this is not historically accurate. You can read about if Poseidon was the king of Atlantis here. 

Within Atlantis there were ten different kingdoms, one for each of Poseidon’s sons. They each operated autonomously but they followed a code which had been engraved on a column inside the temple of Poseidon. At alternating intervals of five and six years the kings would visit the temple to renew their oath of loyalty to the sacred code. The ceremony involved making a sacrifice, and special robes were worn. They would write their oath on gold tablets, and vowed to never fight amongst themselves, and also to assists their fellow kingdoms should the need arise.

Interpretations of Plato’s writing on Atlantis are split, with some taking it to be a literal description of a real place, while the majority see his writing as being a fictional story in which Plato intended to make a philosophical statement.

The Atlanteans Used Bricks that were Red, White, and Black

They would mine and produce bricks in these three colors, which would sometimes be covered in brass. This comes from Plato’s description of Atlantis.

Edgar Cayce described the flying machines of Atlantis, perhaps similar to our modern day helicopters.

Atlantis Possessed Air Craft Technology

Plato suggested that the Atlanteans had sophisticated technology, and then in the 20th century the psychic readings corroborated this idea. Reading in the decades just prior to the development of much of our modern technology, Cayce described the Atlanteans as having sophisticated aircraft technology, as well as for communication, and power generation. For example, in one of the many references to advanced technology, Cayce stated:

“In days when the peoples of nations gathered together to defend themselves against fowls of air and beasts of the fields, came to meeting in lighter-than-air machines.”

Hieroglyphic carvings depicting Egyptian culture.

Elements of Atlantean Culture were Inherited in Mayan and Egyptian Cultures

When Atlantis experienced the natural disasters that eventually destroyed it, many of them know the disasters were coming ahead of time, and were able to escape. Some moved to Egypt, while others moved to south and central America. In both cases they brought the culture, customs, and traditions with them. By comparing Egyptian culture with Mayan culture from the Yucatan region of Mexico, and finding commonalities, we can get a glimpse into some of the aesthetics of the early shared parent culture from which they both descended. Edgar Cayce described this process of cultural export:

“The first of the eruptions that awoke from the depth of the slow cooling earth, and that portion now near what would be termed the Sargasso Sea first went into the depths. With this there again came that egress of peoples that aided, or attempted to assume control, yet carrying with them all those forms of Amilius that he gained through that as for signs, for seasons, for days, for years. Hence we find in those various portions of the world even in the present day, some form of that as was presented by those peoples in that great development in this, the eden of the world …that as for signs, for seasons, for days, for years.” (Edgar Cayce Readings 364-4)

Maya mural depicting the meeting of the Mayan Aztec, Inca, and Conquistadors.

Atlantis Has Been Depicted In Paintings for Thousands of Years

Atlantis has fascinated people since at least when Plato described it in 363 B.C. It has often become synonymous with the idea of utopia. Some of the most famous depictions include the followings paintings:

The destruction of Atlantis (1928) by Nicholas Roerich

The Fall of Atlantis (1650) by Monsù Desiderio

Where is the Lost City of Atlantis Believed to Be?

There are many theories about where Atlantis was located. Often it is suggested that it was in the Mediterranean, near Spain. Others suggest that it was the continent now known as Antarctica.

Atlantis Near Cuba

In 2002 a British researcher named Andrew Collins attracted attention and renewed interested in the search for Atlantis when he proposed that the remains of Atlantis are located near Cuba. Further interest has occurred in exploring that region after his initial claims, as new technology has further suggested that there are underwater ruins there.

The Piri Reis map from 1513 shows the landmass beneath the ice of Antartica.

Atlantis and Antarctica

Some believe that the remains of Atlantis and buried under the ice of Antarctica, and there is evidence to support this claim. These theories involve a map from 1513 which was created by Piri Reis, an admiral and cartographer of the Ottoman empire. As well as showing highly accurate renderings of the European coastline, North Africa, and Brazil, it displays a highly detailed map of the land mass buried beneath ice in Antarctica, suggesting that knowledge of the continent had been passed down from antiquity. It has been speculated that 12,000 years ago that land was ice-free, and people were able to comfortably live on it.

Other theories as to the location of Atlantis focusing on the Greek island of Santorini, and Italian island of Sardinia or Cyprus have received popularity and attention at various times. Many other claims have been made ranging in locations from Bolivia, Turkey, Germany, and Malta.

Atlantis Books

For thousands of years Atlantis has been wondered about, with a handful of books appearing over time that have stood out as being more important in the popularization and perhaps solving of the mystery of Atlantis. Some of the most important books about Atlantis include:[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

The Atlantis Dialogue: Plato’s Original Story of the Lost City, Continent, Empire, Civilization, by Plato.
The Plato writings about Atlantis are such a major part of the inquiry around the subject, and this book you can find everything that Plato actually said about Atlantis. Skeptics who claim Atlantis never actually existed interpret Plato’s writings as being a warning again national pride and military hubris, while others interpret his descriptions as being literal.

Atlantis: The Antediluvian World
In 1882, a man named Ignatius Donnelly wrote “Atlantis: The Antediluvian World”, in which he claimed that Atlantis was a real place. Donnelly, who lived from 1831-1901, was an American congressmen and amateur scientist. This book popularized the Atlantis myth.

Mysteries of Atlantis Revisited
Aside from the writings of Plato, a lot of the available information on the subject of Atlantis comes from the work of psychic Edgar Cayce, who channelled knowledge about the lost civilisations, as well as past lives. This book is a good book to understand Cayce’s contributions to the subject of Atlantis, who spoke in great lengths about Atlantis after going into a trance state and accessing the Akashic Records with his consciousness. He stated that Atlantis would one day return, and also that the historical texts of Atlantis are beneath the Egyptian Sphinx in a hall of records.

The Secret Doctrine
The Russian mystic Madame Blavatsky wrote The Secret Doctrine in 1888, saying that the contents of the book originated in Atlantis. It proposes an alternative concept for how human evolution came about, describing the origins of humanity as containing five distinct parts.

FAQs About Atlantis

What is the Story of Atlantis?
Atlantis was a utopian civilization that inhabited islands and was a great naval power. Their islands were rich in resources and exotic wildlife. The inhabitants were half god and half human. For thousands of years people have been wondering if Atlantis really existed, or if Plato had used the story to make a philosophical point.

Where is the lost city of Atlantis?
It remains a mystery as to the location of Atlantis. The most popular theory is that Atlantis existed off the coast of Spain, in the Mediterranean ocean. Others believe that the land mass now known as Antarctica was Atlantis, while others even believe Atlantis was a global civilization, spanning the entire world.

What happened to Atlantis?
Atlantis was a thriving and prosperous civilization, with advanced technology, before being destroyed almost instantly by fire and earthquakes, which made it sink into the ocean. Legends suggest that the natural disasters where a result of the unethical and immoral behaviour of the Atlanteans.

What is the legend of Atlantis?
The legend of Atlantis is that it was a civilization that existed before all known history, existing even before ancient Egypt. They had advanced technology, and lived on island in a utopian society, but then were suddenly destroyed, leaving almost no trace of their existence.


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Everet Dee

Everet Dee is an author and researcher with a passion for metaphysics, philosophy, hidden history, the occult, the esoteric, and religion.

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