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Atlantis and the Cycles of Time
By Joscelyn Godwin

Books by Joscelyn Godwin

Atlantis and the Cycles of Time

Atlantis and the Cycles of Time

Prophecies, Traditions, and Occult Revelations
US - UK - CA

Harmonies of Heaven and Earth

Harmonies of Heaven and Earth

Mysticism in Music from Antiquity to the Avant-Garde
US - UK - CA

The Golden Thread

The Golden Thread

The Ageless Wisdom of the Western Mystery Traditions
US - UK - CA

Joscelyn Godwin

Joscelyn Godwin is Professor of Music at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. He was born in England and came to the USA in 1966 to study musicology at Cornell University. Since then he has written, edited, or translated over 30 books on aspects of music and the Western Esoteric Tradition. Titles that have remained in print for many years include Robert Fludd: Hermetic Philosopher and Surveyor of Two Worlds (1979), Harmonies of Heaven and Earth (1987), Arktos: The Polar Myth in Science, Symbolism, and Nazi Survival (1993), and The Theosophical Enlightenment (1994). In 1999 he published the first complete English translation of Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, Francesco Colonna’s erotic-architectural fantasy novel of 1499. He has also collaborated with his son, Ariel, on the translation of modern Pythagorean and Hermetic masterworks by Hans Kayser, Petrus Talemarianus, and Saint-Yves d’Alveydre. His most recent books are The Golden Thread: the Ageless Wisdom of the Western Mystery Traditions (2007), Athanasius Kircher’s Theatre of the World (2009), and Atlantis and the Cycles of Time (2010).

For Joscelyn Godwin’s authorized biographies, see Who’s Who in America, Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, and Gale’s Contemporary Authors. A complete list of his writings is at his website: https://sites.google.com/a/colgate.edu/jgodwin/

Ever since Plato described his Atlantis, many authors have claimed to have found it. Some say it was in the Atlantic Ocean, with the Azores as its former mountain peaks. Others prefer the Mediterranean: Malta, Crete, Cyprus, Santorini, and Troy all have their champions. British Atlantologists find its legacy in Cornwall or the Irish Sea; Germans, in the sinking isle of Helgoland; Swedes, in Sweden. Some favor the Arctic, or the Antarctic. Others turn to the New World, finding Atlantis in Cuba, San Domingo, Central America, Bolivia, even Wisconsin. All these authors must have finished their books with a serene smile and the certainty that they, and they alone had put a stake through the heart of the matter. The fact that it now looks like a pincushion gives one pause. Since these theories cannot all be right, it is quite probable that many are wrong.

So I search for Atlantis in a different way. To begin, I see a wiser group that takes a global perspective. Rather than planting the Atlantean flag in a single location, it finds evidence in the worldwide “fingerprints of the gods” for a prehistoric seafaring culture, expert in mathematics and astronomy, and given to moving large stones. Some of the particularists, to give them their due, find their place as contributors to this broader vision. Plato aside, each has found something of value and added in some way to knowledge of the distant past.

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