Since the days of ancient Greece, people have been fascinated by legends about the city of Atlantis. For centuries, history buffs have debated about whether or not the city actually existed. Now some explorers speculate that they might have found the actual city.
The first reference to the City of Atlantis was in Plato’s Timaeus and Critias, in which his characters discuss the city, and its destruction. According to Plato, the island was massive, roughly the size of Asia Minor (Turkey) and Libya combined. The legend goes on to say that the island was a mighty empire, ruled by wise kings who controlled much of the surrounding area, until it was completely destroyed by a massive earthquake which sank the entire island beneath the sea. Plato puts the island somewhere beyond the Pillars of Hercules (the Strait of Gibraltar) from Greece, which which has been most commonly been understood to place it somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean.
There are a number of locations now that are under consideration for being the possible site of Atlantis. Assuming, of course, that it actually did exist. Nevertheless, many scientists are optimistically evaluating the possibility that the Lost City might actually exist, although there is debate over whether it would have been situated somewhere under the Atlantic, in the Mediterranean, or off the coast of Spain. As of yet, however, none of these sites have been confirmed.