• Oliver D. Smith deposited Arcadian King Atlas and Plato’s Atlantis on Humanities Commons 1 year, 6 months ago

    Plato in his dialogue Critias (c. 355 BCE) wrote about an imaginary king named Atlas and an island civilisation (Atlantis) which derived its name from him. This article argues Plato based his king Atlas on a mythical Arcadian king of the same name and his main inspiration for Atlantis was the town Methydrium and nearby city Megalopolis, both in Arcadia. Based on an ancient anecdote, it is argued Plato might have visited Megalopolis in the 360s BCE.