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Namor stated that Atlantis was the first human civilization on Earth. It is unknown if the that statement was an error, ignoring both 500,000 BC Lemuria and 100,000 BC Thuria, or if a more ancient civilization of Atlantis existed.
In ancient times, the chieftain Gandaro of the Spear raided the coast of Valusia. A legend of the Sea-Mountain Tribe of Atlantis told that Atlanteans once ambushed a Valusian king. As Gandaro of the Spear slew him, he reverted in his true form of a Serpent-Man.
Over twenty-two thousand years ago (at the time of the Seven Empires started to decline), the isle of Atlantis was a wilderness, with no true rulership, but barely tamed by barbarians.
Circa 19,500 BC, Atlanteans started to spread on the mainland as mercenaries in the religious and political feuds existing between the greater powers.
By 19,000 BC, Atlantis was the seat of a minor empire based on trade and crafts, whose fortunes fluctuated over the next centuries.
Some Atlantean refugees scattered on surviving islands, including Antillia, Avalon, Mayapan, Opar, Ptahuacan, Ruta and Zothique, and on what would became the European continent. A colony settled in Yucatan, where they built pyramids.
The continent was re-surfaced by Morgan Le Fay. Through her machinations, much of the nation of modern Atlantis was destroyed with its Homo mermanus residents exposed to the open air. The Inhumans' city of Attilan was relocated here and the Royal Family claimed hereditary rights to the land. The island was later sunk through the actions of the Inhumans to protect themselves from human invaders and return the land to the Atlanteans.
Mannanan and Lir were worshiped as sea-gods (that worship persisted in the descendants of the Atlanteans). The ancient Atlanteans also fearfully worshiped Aqueon, believed to be an angry goddess of the abyss.
Points of Interest
- Atlantis is a fictional island mentioned in Plato's works "Timaeus" and "Critias".
- In Marvel Comics, it existed as the continent of ancient Atlantis (mostly inspired by Robert E. Howard's Kull of Atlantis, and mentioned in Cthulhu Mythos tales such as "The Hounds of Tindalos" by Frank Belknap Long or "Haunter of the Dark" by H.P. Lovecraft), and as the water-breathing Homo mermanus kingdom of Atlantis, and was the name given to many cities, including Byrrah, Tha-Korr, ... (named after the founding emperor of the city).
- The remnants of Atlantis after its destruction were also heavily developped in Marvel Comics, inspired by mythological, theosophical, literary locations (originally connected to Atlantis or not), or from original ideas:
- Ruta was mentioned by theosophist William Scott-Elliot. According to him, it eventually became Poseidonis
- Poseidonis was a fictional location, a remnant of Atlantis, first mentioned by theosophist Helena Blavatsky (mentioned as being named by Plato himself). It was also mentioned by Algernon Blackwood in his story "Sand" (published in 1912), and later in Clark Ashton Smith's in his poem "Tolometh" (copyright 1958), which is included in "Into the citadel of Sin", in Conan the Adventurer #13 (June, 1995).
- Opar is a fictional lost city in the Tarzan novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs, first appearing in the second Tarzan novel, "The Return of Tarzan" (1913).
- Mayapan was a lost land created by L. Sprague de Camp and Lin Carter in Conan of the Isles (October, 1968), adapted in Marvel Graphic Novel #42 (1988). Its name was presumably borrowed from the Mayan site Mayapan.
- Avalon, created by Glenn Herdling and Geof Isherwood in Namor the Sub-Mariner #62 (May, 1995) was inspired by the Avalon from celtic and arthurian myths, and possibly by theosophist William Scott-Elliot, who mentioned that Atlantis survived in the form of two island: Ruta (which also appears in Namor the Sub-Mariner #62) and "Daitya".
- 64 Appearances of Atlantis (Empire)
- 8 Minor Appearances of Atlantis (Empire)
- 79 Media Atlantis (Empire) was Mentioned in
- 6 Images featuring Atlantis (Empire)
- Location Gallery: Atlantis (Empire)
- 7 locations in Atlantis (Empire)
Links and References
- Kull the Destroyer #17
- Avengers Vol 8 #9
- Savage Sword of Conan #14; A Kull Glossary, Gandaro of the Spear's entry
- Kull the Conqueror #2
- All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z #1; Atlantis' entry
- Conan the Barbarian Annual #7 / Marvel Graphic Novel #42, Part I: Red Shadows and Black Kraken!
- Marvel Graphic Novel #23: Into Shamballa
- Namor the Sub-Mariner #62
- Fantastic Four: Atlantis Rising #1-2
- Inhumans Vol 2 #12
- Captain America Comics #3
- Conan the Barbarian #74
- Conan Saga #97; The Bestiairie of Thoth-Amon
- All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z: Update #3; Annunaki's entry
- Thor & Hercules: Encyclopaedia Mythologica #1; The Annunaki's entry
- Kull the Destroyer #18; The Keeper of Flame and Frost!
- Kull the Destroyer #21; City of the Crawling Dead
- Kull the Destroyer #24; Screams in the Dark
- Kull the Destroyer #26; Into Death's Dimension!
- Sub-Mariner #63; Tales of Atlantis: Cataclysm!
- Journey into Mystery Vol 2 #4; The Haunter of the Dark