“Atlantis is not only a thing for ‘crazy people'”

The headquarters of the UNIA in La Rábida dedicates these days to dive into the classical sources and research of our days to map the kingdom of Atlantis. From scientific rigor and with special attention to a multidisciplinary approach, the summer course Atlantis. Basis for a scientific approach to its study is supported by a variety of researchers and experts from the world of letters. Students reflect with experts on this mythical region.

The writer and editor Manuel Pimentel, course teacherhas highlighted its importance and his scientific approach to the subject, since he believes it is essential to convey that “Atlantis is not just a thing for poets and ‘crazy people'”.

“It is essential that this be treated at the university campus. Atlantis could well have a historical basis, which archeology may or may not confirm at the time. But the possibility exists and it is important that it be dealt with in these spaces»has pointed out.

Pimentel has shown his “enthusiasm” for the organization of the meeting, which he has described as “tremendously important”. his presentation, The reason for the topicality of the Myth of Atlantis, reviews the validity in the collective imagination of a legend with millennia of history. “It is a myth that continues to inspire to literature, to audiovisuals, to video games… it is going to be more, not less. It is a story that speaks of nature’s punishment of human pride, which connects directly with our days, through climate change».

In the opinion of the expert, the fascination with Atlantis can be explained by several factors. He cites, for example, the influence of Plato as a “prescriber” and one of the main sources that have come down to us. “Plato tells a very beautiful story. Also, we must take into account the interest that lost civilizations have always arousedbe it Atlantis or the tomb of Alexander the Great,” he explains.

Finally, he refers again to the moral substratum of history, applicable to our days: «It is a story of human pride, punished by the fury of nature, something of the utmost topicality and the exact debate before us. It’s not just a myth: it is the archetype that reflects the exact state in which society finds itself current,” he insists.

In his speech, Pimentel has also defended that universities promote cultural initiatives and dissemination to make known a history of such relevance. «It is a myth that is going to have a very strong rebirth, and it is a pleasure to be with the Internacional de Andalucía to tell about it»the expert pointed out, that during his visit he has added his rubric to the book of illustrious visitors from headquarters.

Until next Thursday, students approach existing and past research around Atlantis from classical sources —including Platonic texts—, and its interpretation throughout history. A multidisciplinary lookwhich includes archaeological, geological and anthropological perspectives, such as that related to megalithic constructions.

They also delve into the traces of this supposed territory in Huelva, such as those of linear signs dating from between the 4th and 3rd century BC, or the importance of the tin route in the Bronze Age. The course is completed with a look that combines the scientific with the humanistic, which dives into the cultural heritage that Atlantis has left. At the same time, it reviews lines of research such as the so-called Creto-Atlanto-American hypothesis, which connects the Mediterranean culture with that of the American continent. As a final touch, a round table will bring together the majority of the cloister to continue the discussion.

The faculty is made up of a select group of experts, made up of authorized voices in historical reconstruction and the world of letters. Under the direction of Professor Orihuela and together with Pimentel, the project manager at Ánfora Gestión Integral, Diego Gonzalezeditor, essayist and writer Joseph Ruiz Mata; the professor of Stratigraphy at the University of Huelva, Juan Antonio Morales; the professor of Ancient History at the Complutense University of Madrid, Ana Maria Vazquez Hoys; the independent investigator Georgeos Diaz and the historian, journalist and lawyer Antonio Penades.

Manuel Pimentel: "Atlantis is not only a thing for 'crazy people'"

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