Solon

Solon visited Sais on the Canopic branch of the Nile approximately between 570 and 560 BC, hosted by king Amasis of the XXVI Dynasty. There he met Sonchis the Saite the most learned of all the contemporary Egyptian priests and he learnt the story of Atlantis from a hieroglyphic inscription on the pillars of the temple of Neith. Solon wanted to write an epic poem based on that story but he died before completing it: six generation later his original manuscript was inherited by Plato who used it for his dialogue "Critias" (crica 350 BC). Thanks to the medieval manuscript Codex Parisinus Grecus "Critias" has been preserved and translated in many languages. Unfortunately all the available translations are based on the false assumption that Atlantis was an island of the Pacific Ocean but Plato never wrote that: a new groundbreaking translation of "Critias" by Diego Ratti has revealed that Atlantis was a gezira island on the river Nile and its real name was Avaris, the capital of the Hyksos.

In his new book "Atletenu" Diego Ratti explains his new translation of "Critias" and provide the readers with a new fascinating reading of the story of Atlantis/Avaris.

The historical context of Solon's visit to Sais is reviewed as well as the line of trasmission of Solon' Manuscript to make sure that the translation reflects accurately all the available and relevant information.

 

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