Everyone has heard of Atlantis, the legendary island that sank into the sea in a single day and night. But was Atlantis a real place, who came up with it, and is there more to the story than this?

We get the story of Atlantis from the Greek philosopher Plato. Really, from two of his writings, Critias and Timaeus. The books date to around 360 BC. Easily making it one of the oldest books in existence.

In them, Plato wrote that the Greek sage Solon was given the story in Egypt by a priest.

Upon his return, Solon shared the story with his relative Dropides. Then Dropides passed it down to his son Critias, who told his grandson, also named Critias, who finally shared it with the philosopher Socrates and others who were present.

This list shouldn’t be taken as historical fact, but should be taken as true to the account of what Plato originally wrote. Please keep this in mind while reading more about the lost city of Atlantis.

Whether you believe in the legend or not is your choice, but we can probably agree that this might’ve been the first recorded game of telephone. I think we can all agree on that.

Here are 10 things most people don’t know about the lost city of Atlantis. Some may even come as a shock to you and leave you wanting to know more. Let us know which one surprises you the most!

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Atlantis Was Named After A Demigod


Most people are probably under the impression that Atlantis got its name from being in the Atlantic Ocean, but the text claims its from the other way around. As the story goes, Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea, had five pairs of male twins with a mortal Atlantean woman named Cleito.

The god gave each one of his 10 sons different portions of the island to rule. Gadeirus was the second-eldest of these sons. While he might’ve had a city in Spain named after him, his older twin, Atlas, holds all of the glory that comes with being the island’s namesake.

As the firstborn, Atlas had the surrounding ocean and the entire island named after him. His children would also reign over Atlantis forever. Talk about picking favorites.