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Calypso's Search for Atlantis: Part One 

Legend has it that thousands of years ago, the island of Atlantis once housed an advanced civilization - which. then vanished completely in a violent cataclysm. Merely a myth? Or did ... See full summary »
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Jacques-Yves Cousteau ... Self - Host
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Legend has it that thousands of years ago, the island of Atlantis once housed an advanced civilization - which. then vanished completely in a violent cataclysm. Merely a myth? Or did Atlantis really exist? In an engrossing journey back to the ancient world, Jacques Cousteau and crew travel to the islands near Greece to see whether there was a connection between the violent earthquakes that racked the region and the fall of the gracious Minoan civilization that flourished on Crete during the Bronze Age. Could the Minoan civilization indeed have been the basis for the Altantis legend? Cousteau also examines the roots of Plato's account of Atlantis. Was it a folk memory passed through generations or Plato's own views on war and corruption? Written by Anonymous

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More archaeology than oceanography in this one...
2 April 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I have a real problem with shows that try to use a hook instead of just honestly presenting the story. I saw this in a documentary that claimed it MIGHT have found the tomb of Queen Nefertini...though supplied no real evidence of this! And, with this two-part episode of "The Cousteau Odyssey", they do the same-- make a ridiculous claim to get folks to tune in...and they are, naturally, going to be very disappointed. The episode SHOULD have been entitled "Undersea Archaeology in the Aegian", as there never is any real reason to believe this is the famed mythical city of Atlantis. Atlantis was only mentioned by Plato back in the ancient world...and LONG after the city supposedly disappeared....and the show admits this early on. What you really see is an underwater excavation that is overseen by a Greek bureaucrat who makes sure the project is done within Greek law. It IS interesting and worth seeing...just don't feed viewers with all that Atlantis bunk.

This first episode consists of a lot of initial talk about Atlantis and then an underwater exploration of a bay in Crete in order to see what evidence they can find of Minoan civilizations. Episode two essentially follows up on this...with a lot more footage of Cousteau and some experts walking about the island discussing the findings and the Minoans.


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