By KYRA BORG
Contrary to popular belief, most of the historically proposed locations of the lost city of Atlantis were places found in, or at least very close to, the Mediterranean Sea.
Indeed there are many who carry the belief that the city is not in effect situated at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. In fact, many experts considered different islands, land-based Cities and even North-western Africa as sensible possibilities.
Some of the islands that were suggested include Sardinia, Crete,
Santorini, Sicily, Cyprus and last but not least, our beautiful island of Malta.
At this point one might ask whether there is any proof for considering Malta as a sensible possibility. Until this very day there has not been a definite discovery yet, and whilst some experts passionately believe this myth to be true, others still claim that it isn't. The only real known historical sources take us back to ancient Greek times, where the famous philosopher Plato had written about this iconic city in one of his renowned works called the ‘Timaeus’.
In this dialogue we find one of the characters, Critias who says to Socrates: “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.”
Experts who believe in this ancient city’s existence thus agree with Plato and claim that the eradication of this city was indeed due to a tsunami.
So why would Malta possibly be the perfect candidate?
First of all, as many of us already know, Malta was not always an island, and we have ample archaeological evidence to support this argument.
Archaeologists had discovered huge animal fossils, such as those of elephants, bears, reindeers and more, in places like Ghar Dalam, and this therefore shows that Malta must have been much bigger to have been able to provide such large animals with enough water and food. Therefore, Malta too had been destroyed by a huge calamitous wave.
Secondly, Malta bears ancient structures that date back to over 9000 years ago, even claimed to be the oldest ruins in the world by many orthodox archaeologists. It is hence not much of a mystery why Malta might be thought of having been part of the alleged city of Atlantis!
What do you think about this?