The story is about the conflict between the ancient Athenians and the Atlantians
before Plato's time. Knowledge of the distant past apparently forgotten to the Athenians of
Plato's day, the story of Atlantis was conveyed to Solon by Egyptian priests. Solon passed the
tale to Dropides, the great-grandfather of Critias. Critias learned of it from his grandfather also
named Critias, son of Dropides.
Note: There are 2 people named Critias related to the story of Atlantis and this can lead to some confusion. There is the Critias who actually takes part in the dialogues. He is the one who tells the story of Atlantis to Socrates. Then there is Critias who was the grandfather of the Critias of the dialogues. This elder Critias told the story of Atlantis to his grandson, Critias, who then conveyed the story to Socrates in the dialogues.
Those who actually take part in the dialogues:
~Timaeus - there is no historical record of him.
~Critias - Plato's great grandfather.
~Socrates - Plato's mentor and teacher. He was
condemned to death by authorities in Athens for
"corrupting the moral of Athenian youth"; He lived from
469 to 399 BC.
~Hermocrates - statesman and soldier from Syracuse.
Those mentioned in the dialogues:
~Solon - Athenian traveler, poet, and lawgiver who lived
from approximately 638-559 BC. According to Plato it
was he who learned of the story of Atlantis from an
~Dropides - Critias' great grandfather who was told the
story of Atlantis by Solon, a distant relative and close
~Critias - Son of Dropides and grandfather of the Critias
who takes part in the dialogues. It was he who related
the story of Atlantis to the Critias of the dialogues.
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