Wednesday, June 09, 2004


The Marisma de Hinojos has hit headlines in the past few days (after some millennia of obscurity) and although I know the area quite well I went to re-check the geography via Google . . and came across this excellent weblog Mirabilis which struck me as well written; with well selected topics too. . . impressive as a long-established weblog.

I'll leave you to follow this intriguing tale of Tartessos*, The Sea Peoples, and the 800BC Flood . . back to the Google toolbar.

*"Sparserat occiduus Tartessia litora Phoebus" - Ovid (43BC -17AD) - from 14th book of the Metamorphoses.

*"But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish . . ." - Bible/Jonah/Chapter1 !


At 11 June 2004 at 06:49, Blogger modusoperandi said...

Here is a straight quote . . Plato (427-347 BC) from the Timaeus Dialog: "Many great and wonderful deeds are recorded of your state in our histories. But one of them exceeds all the rest in greatness and valour. For these histories tell of a mighty power which unprovoked made an expedition against the whole of Europe and Asia, and to which your city put an end. This power came forth out of the Atlantic Ocean, for in those days the Atlantic was navigable; and there was an island situated in front of the straits which are by you called the Pillars of Heracles; the island was larger than Libya and Asia put together, and was the way to other islands, and from these you might pass to the whole of the opposite continent which surrounded the true ocean; for this sea which is within the Straits of Heracles is only a harbour, having a narrow entrance, but that other is a real sea, and the surrounding land may be most truly called a boundless continent. Now in this island of Atlantis there was a great and wonderful empire which had rule over the whole island and several others, and over parts of the continent, and, furthermore, the men of Atlantis had subjected the parts of Libya within the columns of Heracles as far as Egypt, and of Europe as far as Tyrrhenia. This vast power, gathered into one, endeavoured to subdue at a blow our country and yours and the whole of the region within the straits; and then, Solon, your country shone forth, in the excellence of her virtue and strength, among all mankind. She was pre-eminent in courage and military skill, and was the leader of the Hellenes. And when the rest fell off from her, being compelled to stand alone, after having undergone the very extremity of danger, she defeated and triumphed over the invaders, and preserved from slavery those who were not yet subjugated, and generously liberated all the rest of us who dwell within the pillars. 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 subsidence of the island____.

I have told you briefly, Socrates, what the aged Critias heard from Solon and related to us. And when you were speaking yesterday about your city and citizens, the tale which I have just been repeating to you came into my mind, . . ."

At 13 June 2004 at 08:41, Blogger modusoperandi said...

Here is the online version of the Antiquity Journal recent paper that is sending shockwaves from the new epicentre - > ANTIQUITY


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