The City of Atlantis Exists
The city of Atlantis was first mentioned by Plato as part of an allegory in The Republic. His allegory was mistaken for history by several scholars in the 1800s, and now some people believe there is really a lost utopian civilization somewhere in the ocean. Despite the fact that classicists and philologists, as well as historians, all agree that Plato was created a fictional place to illustrate a point, the misinterpretation of Plato’s Atlantis as an historical place by amateur scholar Ignatius L. Donnelly in the 1880s spurred a movement to find this city that never actually existed. Part of the reason why people are still looking for it today is that Plato wasn’t exceptionally precise in his description of the location of Atlantis, so the multitude of interpretations about where it might be means that people can keep hypothesizing a new spot each time a previous one is disproved.