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Finding Atlantis

A True Story of Genius, Madness and An Extraordinary Quest for A Lost World
King, David (Book - 2005 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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The untold story of a 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 the gods of Mount Olympus have in common with the gods of Valhalla? What do these, in turn, have to do with 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. 300 years later, his story appears in English for the first time, a narrative of discovery as well as a cautionary tale about the dangerous dance of genius and madness.--From publisher description.
Authors: King, David, 1970-
Title: Finding Atlantis
a true story of genius, madness and an extraordinary quest for a lost world
Publisher: New York : Harmony Books, c2005
Characteristics: x, 309 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm
Contents: Promises
Oracle of the North
Remarkable correspondences
A Cartesian witch hunt
Follow the fish!
Gazing at the fac of Thor
The quest for the golden fleece
Mountains don't dance
Twelve trumpets, four kettledrums and a bag of gold
All oars to Atlantis
Olympus stormed
Hanging by a thread
Et vos homines
On nothing
And then the snake thawed
The Elysian fields
Summary: The untold story of a 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 the gods of Mount Olympus have in common with the gods of Valhalla? What do these, in turn, have to do with 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. 300 years later, his story appears in English for the first time, a narrative of discovery as well as a cautionary tale about the dangerous dance of genius and madness.--From publisher description.
ISBN: 1400047528
Statement of Responsibility: David King
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 295-298) and index
Subject Headings: Civilization, Ancient Natural history Sweden 17th century Atlantis (Legendary place) Rudbeck, Olof, 1630-1702
Topical Term: Civilization, Ancient
Natural history
Atlantis (Legendary place)
LCCN: 2004024127
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Apr 30, 2008
  • RonNasty64 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a great book about a great man and many of his quests, about which Atlantis takes the forefront. It delivers a great depiction of Olof Rudbeck and the many projects he stands behind, of which Atlantis, would be his ultimate work. I am left with a desire to visit Sweden. The only thing I would have liked to see in this book, would be a map of Rudbeck's Sweden.

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