Myth or does/did it exist.
How do you know Plato's intentions. Why could this not be a factual account.It was invented by Plato as a morality tale on the rise and fall of civilisations, probably inspired by the real life destruction of cities such as Helike.
Most of the myths referring to its real existence were devised by theosophists and the early new age movement in the 19th century.
The flood myths are not myths though are they. We know there have been many such eventsStories are how we pass on ideas through generations. Flood myths can be interpreted in an infinite number of ways. They can simply mean "wipe away the shit and start anew", or something more complex like "societal structures (the ark in Noah's tale) saving humanity from drowning in chaos". Atlantis is more a cautionary tale of what happens to a society when it fails to protect itself from unseen external forces.
There's a reason these stories are found all over the world and hold the test of time.
I reckon for the most part they actually believed what they wrote, was what they thought they saw or understood. To actually think up the stories in the Bible etc someone must have had a canny imaginationDoes this also mean that religious texts are works of fiction too?