Atlantis: End of a World, Birth of a Legend

Synopsis: Tells the story of the greatest natural disaster of the ancient world, an event that experts believe inspired the legend of Atlantis.
Genre: Action, Drama
88 min

geological forces on the planet.

The Therans were living

on a massive volcano.

When did this start?

- Two days ago, master.

Two days?

You, pass me some fish.

Can I have two?

Where are you going with those?

Poseidon's island.

I've got an offering to make. -You have

a feast to attend. -I won't be late.

Thera was too small to be self sufficient

but this Geographical position

Made it the key trading hub

within the Mediterranian.

It's merchants acted as middleman,

trading metal, olive oil, vine, pottery and spices

from Africa and Asia,

and other parts of Europe.

Evidence of this wealth

can be seen today

Their streets were lined with

multi-storey houses, decorated

with elaborate wall paintings.

They built the world's first

indoor toilets, connected

to an underground sewage system -

a luxury most Europeans would not

enjoy for another 2,000 years.

Presiding over this prosperous

society was the priesthood.

My son's wife, Pinaruti.


I've brought you oil,

to honour your island goddess.

That's for the high

priestess, not for me.

Come, I'll take you to her.

High priestess? Yishharu's wife.

Oil from the fields of sacred

Mount Juktas to honour

your island goddess.

Come with me.

Minoan women were remarkably

independent and influential.

The most influential of all

were the priestesses.

Their role was to communicate with

the gods,

often through elaborate rituals,

in which saffron seems to

have been used as a hallucinogenic.

Queracio welcomes you to

Thera, Pinaruti.

And we welcome you in her name.

Join us to give thanks

for your safe arrival here.

Don't forget your offering.

Like other ancient civilisations,

the Minoans believed that all

things were inhabited by gods.

There were gods for every

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Rhidian Brook

Rhidian Brook (born 1964) is a Welsh novelist, screenwriter and broadcaster. His first novel, The Testimony Of Taliesin Jones (HarperCollins) won three prizes, including the 1997 Somerset Maugham Award, and was made into a film of the same name starring Jonathan Pryce. His second novel, Jesus And The Adman (HarperCollins) was published in 1999. His third novel, The Aftermath, was published in April 2013 by Penguin UK, Knopf US and a further 18 publishers around the world. His short stories have been published by The Paris Review, Punch, The New Statesman, Time Out and others; and several were broadcast on BBC Radio 4’s Short Story. His first commission for television - Mr. Harvey Lights a Candle - was broadcast in 2005 on BBC1 and starred Timothy Spall. He wrote for the BBC series Silent Witness between 2005-7, and the factual drama Atlantis for BBC1 in 2008. Africa United, his first feature film (Pathe), went on general release in the UK in October 2010. He is adapting The Aftermath as a feature for Scott Free and BBC Film. He has written articles for papers, including The Observer, The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph. In 2005, he presented Nailing The Cross, a documentary for BBC1. In 2006 he broadcast a series In The Blood for BBC World Service, recording his family’s journey through the AIDS pandemic. His book about that journey - More Than Eyes Can See - was published by Marion Boyars in 2007. He has been a regular contributor to Radio 4’s Thought for the Day for more than twelve years.He lives with his wife and two children in London. more…

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