It turns out that I won’t be on In Search Of to talk about Atlantis after all. I spoke with a segment producer who informed me that the program’s director is an Oscar-nominated auteur with an uncompromising artistic vision for the program. Consequently, they will not accept as a talking head anyone who is unwilling to travel to Europe or a location somewhere in the United States to be filmed according to his exacting creative standards—on a date to be determined at the last minute, depending on the shooting schedule of Zachary Quinto, who will be squeezing the series in between movies. I offered to shoot talking head segments locally here in Albany, using a freelance crew as many shows typically arrange for, since I am not able to leave my infant son or my job behind on a whim, but the auteur said that any shoot where he has less than 100% creative control is unacceptable.
So, you heard it here first: This is the first time I’ve ever been rejected from a series for aesthetic reasons!
But since I’m on the subject of Atlantis, I thought I’d pick up on something I mentioned briefly the other day. I mentioned that the German scholar Wilhelm von Christ was the first to suggest that the Sea Peoples could be identified with the people of Atlantis. He made this suggestion in 1886, in an omnibus article on “Platonic Studies” in an academic journal. Since I couldn’t find that it had been translated into English, I thought you might enjoy this early attempt to provide a rational explanation for Atlantis in the milieu of the Bronze Age in the eastern Mediterranean.
The translation, for better or worse, is my own, though German is not my strongest language. The English text of Proclus, which von Christ gave in the original Greek, I have adapted from a standard English translation.
12. Assorted Thoughts on Plato.
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