Finding Atlantis: A True Story of Genius, Madness, and an Extraordinary Quest for a Lost World (Google eBook)

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Crown Publishing Group, Jun 7, 2005 - History - 304 pages
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The untold story of a fascinating Renaissance man on an adventurous hunt for a lost civilization—an epic quest through castles, courts, mythologies, and the spectacular world of the imagination.

What do Zeus, Apollo, and the gods of Mount Olympus have in common with Odin, Thor, and the gods of Valhalla? What do these, in turn, have to do with the shades of Hades, the pharaohs of Egypt, and the glories of fabled Atlantis? In 1679, Olof Rudbeck stunned the world with the answer: They could all be traced to an ancient lost civilization that once thrived in the far north of Rudbeck’s native Sweden. He would spend the last thirty years of his life hunting for the evidence that would prove this extraordinary theory.

Chasing down clues to that lost golden age, Rudbeck combined the reasoning of Sherlock Holmes with the daring of Indiana Jones. He excavated what he thought was the acropolis of Atlantis, retraced the journeys of classical heroes, opened countless burial mounds, and consulted rich collections of manuscripts and artifacts. He eventually published his findings in a 2,500-page tome titled Atlantica, a remarkable work replete with heroic quests, exotic lands, and fabulous creatures.

Three hundred years later, the story of Rudbeck’s adventures appears in English for the first time. It is a thrilling narrative of discovery as well as a cautionary tale about the dangerous dance of genius and madness.


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Review: Finding Atlantis: A True Story of Genius, Madness, and an Extraordinary Quest for a Lost World

User Review  - David - Goodreads

Alright, raise your hand if you knew an eminent scholar from 17th century Sweden found evidence that Atlantis was actually in Sweden! Read full review

Review: Finding Atlantis: A True Story of Genius, Madness, and an Extraordinary Quest for a Lost World

User Review  - Elizabeth - Goodreads

Loved "Darkness in the City of Light", but this was a little dry for my taste. I learned a lot, but it dragged on and on. Read full review

Contents

16THE ELYSIAN FIELDS
Title Page
Frontispiece
1PROMISES
3REMARKABLE CORRESPONDENCES
4A CARTESIAN WITCH HUNT
8MOUNTAINS DONT DANCE
11OLYMPUS STORMED
15AND THEN THE SNAKE THAWED
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About the author (2005)

David King teaches European history at the University of Kentucky. A Fulbright Scholar with a master’s degree from Cambridge University, he spent several years in Europe researching this book. He lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with his wife and their daughter.


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