To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla
The upshot is, the pushing back of the date of the supposed super-eruption means the Egyptian chronology -- which is already out of whack anyway, padded as it was by goofballs in the 19th century â- has to be stretched backward another 100-150 years, screwing up any synchronisms established between Egyptian chronology and other civs of the Near East and Med.
There was no super-eruption of Thera in historical times, or in late prehistoric times. The caldera is over a 100K years old. The only surviving ancient record of an eruption on Thera dates to about 200 BC, and Herodotus discusses the island at length, and never mentions it -- no doubt because he lived before 200 BC. :')
posted on 12/03/2008 8:40:51 PM PST
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Would you mind citing your source for the caldera being over 100,000 years old? I’ve never read this before and I’m not doubting, just very curious. I would like more information.
Herodotus lived in the 5th century BC and the volcano in the middle of the caldera and lagoon, Nea Kamena, rose above the surface of the water in 196 BC, I believe.
I’ve visited Santorini several times now and it’s as stunningly scenic as its history is fascinating.
The Greek archeologist Spyridon Marinatos originally proposed Santorini as the probably source of the Atlantis legends. The most compelling explanation of the source of the Atlantis legend can be read in Graham Hancock’s “Underworld”. It was not Santorini (or the town of Hellike, as others have theorized).
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