Atlantis: Did It Ever Exist, and How Would We Know? [F-19-4]

Presenter: Shinu Anna Abraham
Location: SUNY: Kellas 104
Classes: 1 Session 1.5 hours
Dates: Tue 2:00 PM 09/17
Status: Course Update: There was a change in location for course #4 Atlantis, from Kellas 102 to Kellas 104. This course meets on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 2 pm.

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The ‘lost’ city of Atlantis has captured the imagination of the western world since the 19th century, but how many of us really know the origins of this legend, and whether there’s any real evidence that this city once existed?  We will trace the story of Atlantis from its origins in Plato’s writings up to the present time, using an archaeological perspective to evaluate its authenticity.  

Shinu Anna Abraham is an archaeologist, and chair of the Department of Anthropology at SLU.  Her specialty is ancient India and the ancient Indian Ocean world in the first centuries AD, including the maritime trade of these ancient communities. Shinu is currently studying the manufacture of ancient Indian glass, and how and why ancient Indian glass beads were traded all around the Indian Ocean.  She regularly teaches a class called “Science and Pseudoscience in Archaeology,” where students discuss case studies like Atlantis.

Cap: 54

 



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