Today on Discovery Enterprise we present a 2011 BBC docudrama titled Atlantis: End of a World, Birth of a Legend which depicts a re-enactment of the events surrounding the volcanic eruption which destroyed the island of Thera, an incident believed to have inspired the legend of Atlantis. The hour-long programme is based on the work of leading scientists, archaeologists and historians, and featured Stephanie Leonidas and Reece Ritchie as members of the Bronze age civilisation. The film was narrated by Tom Conti, and made its debut on BBC One on Sunday 8 May 2011.
Featuring spectacular visual effects, this factually-based drama tells the gripping story of the greatest natural disaster to shake the ancient world, a disaster that triggered the downfall of a civilisation and spawned a legend.
Around 1620 BC, a gigantic volcano in the
Aegean Sea stirred from its nineteen-thousand year
slumber. The eruption tore the island
of Thera apart, producing massive tsunamis
that flooded the nearby island of Crete, the centre of Europe’s
first great civilisation – the Minoans. This apocalyptic event, many experts
now believe, led to the eventual downfall of the Minoans, and provided the
inspiration for Plato when he later wrote about the people of a mighty island,
Atlantis, which sank beneath the waves and was lost forever, ‘in a single day
and a night of misfortune’. Based on the work of leading scientists,
archaeologists and historians, this film immerses viewers in the exotic world
of the Minoans.