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Atlantis: The Antediluvian World

Ignatius Loyola Donnelly

Book Overview: 

Atlantis: The Antediluvian World is a book published during 1882 by Minnesota populist politician Ignatius L. Donnelly, who was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania during 1831. Donnelly considered Plato's account of Atlantis as largely factual and attempted to establish that all known ancient civilizations were descended from this supposed lost land. Many of its theories are the source of many modern-day concepts we have about Atlantis, like the civilization and technology beyond its time, the origins of all present races and civilizations, a civil war between good and evil, etc

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .ery beast, every creeping thing, and every fowl, and whatsoever creepeth upon the earth, after their kinds, went forth out of the ark.

"And Noah builded an altar unto the Lord; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. And the Lord smelled a sweet savour; and the Lord said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth: neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done. While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease."

Let us briefly consider this record.

It shows, taken in connection with the opening chapters of Genesis:

1. That the land destroyed by water was the country in which the civilization of the human race originated. Adam was at first naked (Gen., chap. iii., 7); then he clothed himself in le. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This was one of the most fascinating books I've ever read. No, really.

1. You get excerpts from flood stories from every culture in the world (believe me, there are a lot!)

2. You get comparative 'mythology', religion, history and culture.

3. You get a glimpse of how archaeologists / historians tho...more

This book was written in 1882. It has a lot of interesting data. The author's premise is that the Deluge/Flood was actually the sinking of Atlantis. Also that most ancient civilizations derived from Atlantis. There are a lot of facts that support some of his ideas, but some of his ideas are real...more

Even though I disagree almost entirely with everything Donnelly has to say about Atlantis, I enjoyed this. He raises a lot of intriguing questions about the similarities between ancient human societies across the world which still have not been satisfactorily explained by modern science. Most int...more

Published in the 19th century, this book posits that Atlantis was the seat of the biblical Garden of Eden, that all of the flood myths actually refer to the sinking of Atlantis (which was where Plato said it was: a continent in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean), and that it was the first and most...more

I found this book quite interesting and convincing. I did stop reading about 75% through because Donnelly got repetitive. I'll probably go back and finish the book at some point to see if there are a few nuggets he drops.

It blew my mind!

This book was right up my street and provides a very convincing argument that most of the modern wider world, with its myths, religions and customs stem from a common ancestry in an ante-diluvian world.

This was a surprisingly quick read. The research is all from the 1800's so I'm unable to say if all the quotes are accurate. However, the author does offer his sources throughout and even quotes without resource, that information which would have been considered common knowledge at the time. I fe...more

I read this book twice the first time several years ago. When I couldn't find my book I ordered it and read it again I found it so interesting I really learned a lot.

One of the ongoing debates in the study of prehistory, ancient history and the history of religions has to do with the origin of symbols, life-ways and artifacts. When there are similarities, does this mean transmission from one culture to another, an archetypal substratum common to the species o...more

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