There has been speculation for centuries that the reference in Plato was to a real - and extrmeely advanced culture - that somehow disappeared from the map, the historical record, and human searches for it since. I have to say that I find the whole argument that Atlantis was ever a physical place to be more something of an act of faith - a lot of speculation with nothing real behind it. Of course, references to Atlantis are also strong in Mysticism, which - in my opinion - gives it an equally questionable name. Namely, a recommendation that such mystics are more interested in marketing to people, than displaying any real spiritual truths. But I stand to be corrected. Was Atlantis a real place, or is it a metaphor - or is it simply a focus of a morality tale, too long interpreted literally?