Jörg Rhiemeier wrote: > Hallo! > > On Fri, 12 Jun 2009 08:44:15 +0100, R A Brown wrote: [snip] >> ..................... Inevitably, there has been a >> claim (more than one, I suspect) that it was left by a >> survivor of Atlantis. Of course that would explain the >> apparent uniqueness of the script as well the stamping >> technique: it's Atlantean script and the Atlanteans used the >> stamping technique! > > I have heard of that hypothesis more than once, too. Atlantis is > a convienent "explanation" of unusual artifacts because, Yes, it is, isn't it! > well, it > has disappeared and we know so little about it that one can fill > it in with whatever is needed to "explain" the odd object. This, > of course, raises the question whether Atlantis ever actually > existed, and if yes, where and when. My personal theory, which I > am not sure about though, is that it could have been in the British > Isles until about 600 BC, My own view is that Plato made the whole thing up - it's one of his 'mythoi'. There is no ancient tradition for taking Plato's story literally or supposing it had a historical basis. It is not until _after_ the Renaissance that we find people thinking that Atlantis had some historical or prehistorical basis, i.e. that it really once existed. [snip] > and indeed, I once considered to fake a > "decipherment" of the Phaistos Disk as a text in Proto-Albic or > something like that. And why not? (See my post 'The Phaistos Disk: a conlang solution' :) -- Ray ================================== http://www.carolandray.plus.com ================================== "Ein Kopf, der auf seine eigene Kosten denkt, wird immer Eingriffe in die Sprache thun." [J.G. Hamann, 1760] "A mind that thinks at its own expense will always interfere with language".