Plato’s stories of Atlantis and its people in his writings in Timace and Critias started the myth of Atlantis. He gave just enough details to make it very plausible, and he was vague enough about the location of where Atlantis was located to make it almost impossible to find. His biggest clue to the location of Atlantis was what he called the Pillars of Heracles. No one knows where the pillars of Heracles really might be. Some say it is a section on the Greek Coast and others think it is at the Rock of Gibraltar straights.
Discoveries of things like the findings on the Island of Santorini in the Mediterranean and the Bimini Road on the bottom of the Atlantic both could be signs of the lost city, but there is really no hard proof. I like and think the Santorini Island location to be the most likely, in that it is close to the Greek coast and the volcanic eruption that caused the destruction of the island could have been known to Plato. The volcano eruption and tidal wave from it was supposed to be as large as or larger than the one at Krakatoa.
The sudden end of the Minoan’s of Santorini and Create after the destruction of Santorini Island, fits with Plato’s story. Much of the archeological evidence found that has been found also fits well with Plato’s story.
The Antediluvian World, an 1818 book by Ignatius L. Donnelly considered Plato ‘s account of Atlantis as largely factual. He attempted to establish that all known ancient civilizations were descended from this supposed lost land of Atlantis. His ideas are where most people got their ideas of Atlantis and his book did much to promote the existence of Atlantis.
The people of Atlantis were supposed to have been highly educated, were wealthy, had a fascination with wolves, were great sailors, traders, and had an accomplished army.
In collage at Eastern Illinois University, I read a number of books and stories about Atlantis and got very involved with finding out about Atlantis. I read a translation of Timacus and Critias and a number of articles on where Atlantis could be found. The places ranged from Greenland, Easter Island, the Bahamas, Antarctica as well as the Santorini / Create location. I wrote a horrible Term paper about Atlantis at that time. I cannot believe I got a passing grade on that paper it was so bad. The most likely theory to day is Santorini location.
I still have an interest about Atlantis and I do think it existed. Myths almost always have a start from a real event and then it gets embellished. I still would like to be the one that finds real proof of Atlantis, but I think I have a better chance of winning the Lottery. Plato’s story about Atlantis is still as far from being proved a myth as it is of being a real place.