In Search Of... Atlantis (1977)

History Channel

Late Bronze Age (LBA), Late Minoan I period, Akrotiri, Santorini (Thera), Greece. The closeup view of the island of Thera from the Miniature Frieze "Flotilla" Fresco. It was derived from multiple original sources but especially from the wonderful publication "The Wall Paintings of Thera" by Christos Doumas. While it represents a minimalist effort to accurately display the artist's original intention some areas of the fresco were so damaged that some degree of subjective interpretation was required to complete it. The focus of this closeup view of the Miniature Frieze "Flotilla" Fresco is the island of Thera on the left side of the composition. This is a contemporary view of the ringed island before the great Bronze Age eruption of the Santorini marine volvano. It clearly shows an inner island ringed by water in the middle of the caldera with a large palace complex dominating the scene.
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Part of the In Search Of series, this documentary examines the existence of the legendary island of Atlantis. Since brought to the attention of people in the dialogues of Greek philosopher Plato, there has been continuous speculation about whether this island in the Atlantic Ocean, near the Bahamas and off of the Straits of Gibraltar, really exists. Narrated by series host Leonard Nimoy, In Search of Atlantis takes a look at the history of the legend, going back beyond Plato to ancient Egypt. There are interviews with historians and scientists who have studied the facts and fictions; they give their opinions about proof of the existence or illusion of the 14 massive stone buildings that are said to compose the island of Atlantis. Modern-day underwater technology allows the camera to take the viewer under the depths of the Atlantic to try to uncover this age-old mystery.


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