This was the island of Atlantis.
Atlantis was the domain of Poseidon, god of the sea. When Poseidon fell
in love with a
mortal woman, Cleito, he created a dwelling at the top of a hill near the middle of the
island and surrounded the dwelling with rings of water and land to protect her.
Cleito gave birth to five sets of twin boys who became the first rulers
of Atlantis. The
island was divided among the brothers with the eldest, Atlas, first King of Atlantis,
being given control over the central hill and surrounding areas.
At the top of the central hill, a temple was built to honor Poseidon which
giant gold statue of Poseidon riding a chariot pulled by winged horses. It was here that
the rulers of Atlantis would come to discuss laws, pass judgments, and pay tribute to
To facilitate travel and trade, a water canal was cut through of the rings
of land and
water running south for 5.5 miles (~9 km) to the sea.
The city of Atlantis sat just outside the outer ring of water and spread
across the plain
covering a circle of 11 miles (1.7 km). This was a densely populated area where the
majority of the population lived.
Beyond the city lay a fertile plain 330 miles (530 km) long and 110 miles
wide surrounded by another canal used to collect water from the rivers and streams of
the mountains. The climate was such that two harvests were possible each year. One in
the winter fed by the rains and one in the summer fed by irrigation from the canal.
Surrounding the plain to the north were mountains which soared to the skies.
lakes, rivers, and meadows dotted the mountains.
Besides the harvests, the island provided all kinds of herbs, fruits, and
abundance of animals, including elephants, roamed the island.
For generations the Atlanteans lived simple, virtuous lives. But slowly
they began to
change. Greed and power began to corrupt them. When Zeus saw the immorality of
the Atlanteans he gathered the other gods to determine a suitable punishment.
Soon, in one violent surge it was gone. The island of Atlantis, its people,
memory were swallowed by the sea.
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