The Lost Empire of Atlantis: History's Greatest Mystery Revealed
“Tremendous. This guy has done history like you would not believe.”
The secrets of history’s most enduring mystery are finally revealed in The Lost Empire of Atlantis. Through impeccable research and intelligent speculation, Gavin Menzies, the New York Times bestselling author of 1421, uncovers the truth behind the mysterious “lost” city of Atlantis—making the startling claim that the “Atlanteans” discovered America 4,000 years ago and ruled a vast Mediterranean empire that was violently destroyed in 1,500 BC. Forget everything you’ve ever thought about the Atlantis legend—Gavin Menzies will make you a believer!
6-7, 272 Chippewa Indians, 305-7 Christie, Agatha, 128 Ciudad Real, 182 Cladh Hallan, 248 Claiborne Ring, 288 Clark, Peter, 193 clocks, 264-5 Cochin (Kochi), 146, 148, 150-2 coins, 268-9 Columbus, Christopher, 160, 245, 259-60 Colwyn Bay, 201 Comendador Rey, Beatriz, 181 Congo, 194 Conti, Nicolo da, 146 Cook, Captain James, 7 Copernicus, Nicolaus, 132, 135, 266 Copper Harbor, 282 copper, 58-61, 63, 104, 125, 197, 271 American, 246-8, 251, 268, 272-9 casting techniques, 204-5,
cathedrals of St Peter’s, Florence, Milan, Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s together. Building it would have involved putting 800 tons of perfectly cut limestone and granite into place every day for 20 years. Each slab weighed between 2.5 and 50 tons. I’d asked, in admiration, how they had cut these huge blocks of stone with such accuracy. ‘Saws,’ our guide had said. ‘Bronze saws.’ Had Egypt imported its bronze tools from Crete? Minoan Civilization even cited international correspondence with the
perfumes and chariots: besides monkeys for the [Cretan] palace gardens and Nubians for the royal guard. We arrived at the beach, where it was very windy, if still sunny, to see the Stone Age cave houses, complete with passages, stone beds and fireplaces, snuggled into the cliffs. I drove back towards the palace with mounting excitement. It was simply astounding to think of Phaestos guarded by Nubians: of monkeys gambolling about in this Cretan palace 4,000 years ago. Yet the evidence was
and the western Mediterranean. The voyage itself almost certainly included stops in Cyprus for copper, Egypt for gold and Syria for ostrich eggs and pomegranates. That involved steering to all parts of the compass. If Tim Severin could make it, then so could the ship I had in front of me in Bodrum. The Uluburun wreck may have gone down like the Titanic, but that was because the captain was negotiating a dangerous promontory, perhaps braving the greater dangers of sailing in winter. In normal
pins, buttons, fasteners, cleavers, hammers, saws, bradawls, drills – thirty-two separate types of artefacts – cannot be a coincidence. The most exciting of all these ancient things? Two Minoan double-headed axes in the local museum. Just like the famous labrys of King Minos, found at Knossos. Was Stonehenge a holy site for the Minoans? Perhaps even a place of pilgrimage? Had they, as part of the long-term trading agreements they held with the local Britons, begun to settle here? CHAPTER 30