I think that Plato making up Atlantis is the
most convincing argument, since if the first
reference to it is fiction or a metaphor, it would
not make sense to believe it was real.
Interestingly, there is evidence to suggest
that the city of Helike, Greece was
submerged in 373 BC when an earthquake lowered the
delta it sat on, and it was covered by a tsunami.
The remains of what are believed to be Helike are
actually on land, because they were already near
the coast, and sediment covered them up. Some
people believe that Helike gave Plato the idea for
Atlantis, though this is not certain.
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