a legendary island, first mentioned by Plato, said to have existed in the Atlantic Ocean west of Gibraltar and to have sunk beneath the sea, but linked by some modern archaeologists with the island of Thera, the surviving remnant of a much larger island destroyed by a volcanic eruption c1500 b.c.
Contemporary Examples

The philosopher, Plato, linked Santorini with the mythical lost city of Atlantis that sank beneath the waves.
Book a Room for Two in a Santorini Cave Joanna Eede June 9, 2014

Stargate: Atlantis went dark in 2009, and the flagship series, SG-1 has only been off for two years.
Trailer Park The Daily Beast Video September 30, 2009

Yet, unlike such Grail-oriented conspiracies (and Atlantis, yetis and UFOs), the Shroud very definitely exists.
The Shroud of Turin and Thomas de Wesselow’s ‘The Sign.’ Thomas de Wesselow April 2, 2012

Stewart jumped in with, “Martin Luther King and Jesus Riding dinosaurs in Atlantis.”
Hilarious Reactions to Newsweek’s Princess Diana Cover The Daily Beast June 29, 2011

The adventurer Leo Frobenius fantasized the lost city of Atlantis sunken in its bay.
A City Rejuvenates Wole Soyinka March 13, 2011

Historical Examples

Mighty as is the industrial civilization of your day, that of Atlantis was mightier.
The Heads of Apex Francis Flagg

The most famous of them all was the overthrow of the island of Atlantis.
Timaeus Plato

You can read for yourself, some day, what Atlantis was like.
The Magic World Edith Nesbit

The tale of Atlantis is the fabric of a vision, but it has never ceased to interest mankind.
Timaeus Plato

Condemn my weakness how you will, but I came very near then to liking the Empress of Atlantis in the way she wished.
The Lost Continent C. J. Cutcliffe Hyne

(in ancient legend) a continent said to have sunk beneath the Atlantic Ocean west of the Straits of Gibraltar

mythical island-nation, from Greek Atlantis, literally “daughter of Atlas.” All references trace to Plato’s dialogues “Timaeus” and “Critias,” both written c.360 B.C.E.

A kingdom in classical mythology. According to legend, it was once an island in the Atlantic Ocean, was swallowed up in an earthquake, and is now covered by the sea.


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