10 Things You Probably Don’t Know About The Lost City Of Atlantis

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9. Atlantis Was Named After A Demigod

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Most people probably believe that Atlantis got its name from being in the Atlantic Ocean, but the text claims that it is the other way around. As the story goes, Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea, had five pairs of male twins with a mortal Atlantean woman named Cleito.

The god gave each of his 10 sons different portions of the island over which to rule. Gadeirus was the second-eldest of these sons. While he may have had a city in Spain named after him, it was his older twin, Atlas, who would have the glory of being the island’s namesake.

As the firstborn, Atlas had the entire island, and even the surrounding ocean, named after him.[2] His children would also reign over Atlantis forever. Talk about picking favorites.

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