The following incident proves the might of fortune to be greater and more marvellous than is shown by the disasters and prosperity of cities. No long sail from Lemnos was once an island Chryse, where, it is said, Philoctetes met with his accident from the water-snake. But the waves utterly overwhelmed it, and Chryse sank and disappeared in the depths. Another island called Hiera (Sacred) . . . was not during this time. So temporary and utterly weak are the fortunes of men. (trans. W. H. S. Jones)
Superficially, of course, the narratives seem similar. The trouble is that Chryse doesn’t match Plato’s description in one key aspect: It was still above the waves when Plato wrote. Pausanias speaks of the destruction of the island as being relatively recent, and we know from Appian’s Mithridatic Wars (77) that the island was the site of a battle between the Romans and Mithradites VI Eupator of Pontus in 73 BCE.
Technically, this is an inference. Appian describes the place not by name but as the island “where the altar of Philoctetes is shown with the brazen serpent, the bows, and the breastplate bound with fillets, to remind us of the sufferings of that hero” (trans. Horace White). The location of this “barren island near Lemnos” correlates with Pausanias’ description of Chryse as the spot where Philoctetes died, as well as references to Philoctetes’ death in Greek literature dating back to the Iliad.
Obviously, Plato could not possibly have written about the destruction of Chryse before it happened, unless we attribute to him psychic powers and also dump 90% of the Timaeus.
Brady goes on to identify Chryse with Biblical references to Tyre, which he prefers not to view as the Phoenician city but rather as Atlantis. He cites Ezekiel 28 as evidence that the Jews spoke also of a great city felled by disaster:
Through your widespread trade
you were filled with violence,
and you sinned.
So I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God,
and I expelled you, guardian cherub,
from among the fiery stones.
Your heart became proud
on account of your beauty,
and you corrupted your wisdom
because of your splendor.
So I threw you to the earth;
I made a spectacle of you before kings. (28:16-17)
According to a press release Brady sent out last week, Lemnos, Tyre, and Troy were all along the outer ring of the vanished island of Atlantis, which was Chryse:
Plato writes that a harbor was located within the straits, near the Island, and that this harbor was filled in by the subsidence of the Island. Homer's Illiad describes a bay at Troy inside the Dardanelle Straits that no longer exists. Therefore, Atlantis' gold treasures are likely under the plain at Troy and in the labyrinth on Lemnos Island. Evidence exits that the Ark of the Covenant is one of these treasures.
He then noted that a more recent satellite photograph failed to turn up the same images and consequently believes that a shadowy conspiracy has seized control of the treasures of Atlantis: “Someone appears to be seizing the gold and silver hoard of the Atlantis’ labyrinth treasury.”
Now here’s the thing: Lake Aliki on Lemnos isn’t actually a lake, much less a gold-lined artificial one. Instead, Lake Aliki is a saltwater marsh that geographic sources report is actually wet only part of the year. The remainder of the time, it is dry. Clearly, there isn’t any gold there or someone might have seen it before now. Brady makes much of the white color of the lake on a Google satellite image, but this is isn’t because it’s reflecting gold. It’s because the marsh is very shallow and is, in this image, actually depicted during the dry period. It isn’t even “white” in color. How do I know this? Let’s compare.
Here is how Brady presents the satellite image in his book, with washed out colors and little contrast from a scan of a printout of the original image: