The Lost Empire of Atlantis: History’s Greatest Mystery Revealed [Gavin Menzies] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. “Tremendous. This guy. Ex-submariner Gavin Menzies attracted global attention with his eye-catching farragos “” and “”, books laying out how he imagined. Given the fevered nature of most works on Atlantis, it is slightly alarming to read this sentence: “In , as captain of the submarine HMS.
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For one, he thinks not only that it was they gavun were the first Europeans to discover North America, but also that they mined and shipped out millions of tons of extraordinarily high-purity copper from beside Lake Superior. Oh, and that the Egyptian Pharaohs basically outsourced sea-trading to the Minoans, and that you can if you squint at all the evidence see evidence of the Minoans on the Red Sea and even in India, too.
In pretty much every chapter, Menzies jumps on a plane or boat with his wife Marcella to some vaguely-connected place, looks out of a hotel window while musing to himself on how much it had all changed since he had last visited it while still in the Royal Navy, and then trolls round a local museum or historical site, where he is atlatnis struck by the ineffable kindness of the ancients to have left him yet another glaringly obvious clue to add to his list — another cookie crumb in his global trail.
It had been sitting out the centuries, but it was there, written in the colourful script of the Minoans. Enjoy the scenery as a whole sequence of contested Bronze Age artefacts — the Nebra Disk, Stonehenge, the Amesbury Archer, the Uluburun wreck, the Antikythera device, Orkney voles, the Nabta stones, Cornish tin mines, the Great Orme copper mine, and countless others including atlants, finally the Phaistos Disk — drift pleasantly past your eyes.
Well, according to Tsikritis p. Well, pickle my timbers and sell my soul to Captain Teague: The reader departs with the impression of having met a kid trying to build a Lego wall without knowing how to make brick bonds: So, even though what his approach yields is a series of vividly-coloured, imaginative accounts of how things might have been, these ultimately are little more than modern-day sea-shanties.
What shall we do with him? Shave his belly with a rusty razor!
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Histerical fiction is a genre of its own and now one with quite a venerable gavon, beginning with a French chap who let his imagination rip on the subject of Carthage. I think I would rather buy your book, Nick! I enjoy reading these reviews but find one common theme. Always a blasting of Menzies but not one historical basis for refuting any part of his book.
Ultimately, history when done properly is very rarely about grand questions let alone grand answers: Just so you know! Menzies isnt the first person to consider that the bull-trial is so unusual a ritual, and Crete is so close to Spain.
As, in the present case, rmpire in my own research offers support for the views of Rich Santacoloma, but at the same time, I am perfectly prepared for the possibility that time will prove his views correct. History is not the study gaivn any logical chain of events, but of the chaotic and impenetrable motives and actions of human beings within their environment. Much more is possible than is admitted by mere logic. Fortunately we are also endowed with reason.
I found the book to be an entertaining read. Look at the evidence, idiots, but try to keep your minds open! And yes, I looked at his evidence, and it was rubbish. Similarly, there have been some fairly persuasive arguments from archaeology about the design of an ancient port discovered on the southern coast of Ibera.
Altogether, though, I get the impression of a very bright kid with very short attention span: Nick Pelling seems to know everything about everything.
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Long live the Establishment, eh? Ruins at the site he claimed were Portuguese, as was a vase discovered at the site. The vase was in the museum in Eden. At the time I lived not far from there. Intrigued, I went for a jaunt with my kids to have a look. The site on the beach was humble and non-descript. After going there I went on to Eden to see a local engineer about something he was making for me and mentioned this site and claim.
As it happened the engineer, Rene Davidson, was president of the local historical society and he said the ruins were well known as the remains of early settlers the Imlay brothers. He knew this because he had winched up the net in which it was found. Later is emerged that Menzies, pushed by his publishers, concocted a fraudulent book for commercial gain. They falsified the dismissive remarks of reputable historians to make them supportive and pasted them on the front cover.
This was all bruited in a televised documentary, Nick, so you may publish it with impunity. Last year the Portuguese theory was still just a theory:. The Portuguese theory has some merit, unlike the two books mentioned.
This is a different vase.
The events I was referring too took place in This vase is new to me! What, then, in regards to this book in particular, can he be called correct upon? The proposition that the Minoans sailed the Atlantic seems far fetched until one recalls Lief Erikson did the same only a millennia ago, using quite similar ships as the Minoans likely used.
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