Plato’s thought is in the very DNA of western esotericism. And then there’s the story of Atlantis, a really strange myth even for Plato, and one with its own, rather eccentric reception-history.
In the Timæus and Critias Plato’s characters describe an ancient lost civilisation, Atlantis, knowledge of which is preserved in the archives of the ancient Egyptians of Saïs. This myth has had a fascinating reception-history, including of course many a new-age book with a cover prominently featuring various shades of amethyst purple. But it also recurs periodically in the works of (more or less serious) scholars attempting to link it to this or that genuine historical civilisation. The Atlanteans were the inhabitants of Thera. The Atlantis myth is a cultural memory of the cataclysms of the Younger Dryas. Et cetera.
A new contribution to the ‘story of the true Atlantis’ genre has appeared: Tony O’Connell, Joining the Dots. Plato’s Atlantis in the Central Mediterranean. It is reviewed by Heinz-Günther Nesselrath here. The savagery of this review cheered me up greatly, and I hope it will bring a ray of sunshine to you, too.