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Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Sardinia Journal VII: Atlantis
watercolor of Nuraghe from the inside by Hallie Cohen
Plato said there were l0,000 towers in Atlantis and there
are at least l0,000 Nuraghes ancient structures, dating from approximately1500 BC—whose provenance and actual
process of construction is a mystery. One argument would have it that Sardinia
was in fact the lost civilization of Atlantis, which became buried by water
when the Mediterranean rose. In any case Sardinia had many occupants including
the Phoenicians, the Romans and the Spanish until becoming part of Italy in 1861 under Victor Emmanuel II. Interestingly though a version of Catalan is spoken in
Alghero, the indigenous Sardinian language which has survived generations of
occupation is a tongue that is remarkably close to Latin. One thing is certain, of all the parts of Italy, Sardinia is the one which shows the least mixture of
cultures when you look at the varying complexions of native Sardinians. For instance in Sicily you may see dark swarthy skinned
southerners along with blond and blue eyed Nordic types while despite the waves
of conquest the average Sardinian’s DNA seems to have remained fairly
homogenous and free of evidence of intermarriage with the invader. Thus if it
is true that Sardinia was once Atlantis then the average Sardinian is a true ancestor
ofthe Atlantans, and not the kind you
find in Georgia or even the Sardinian version of neurotic, neuraghic.
Francis Levy's debut novel, Erotomania: A Romance, was released in August 2008 by Two Dollar Radio.
His short stories, criticism, humor, and poetry have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Republic, The Village Voice, The East Hampton Star, The Quarterly, Penthouse, Architectural Digest, TV Guide, The Journal of Irreproducible Results, and other publications. One of his Voice humor pieces was anthologized in The Big Book of New American Humor (HarperCollins). He is presently the Co-Director of The Philoctetes Center for the Multidisciplinary Study of Imagination (philoctetes.org), where he supervises roundtable discussions on topics as varied as “The Psychology of the Modern Nation State” and “Modern Traffic Theory, Behavior, and Imagination”.