The legend originated from Plato apparently. None of his contemporaries had heard the story before (Aristotle was convinced that Plato invented it). Plato claimed the stories originated with the Egyptians.<br />
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I'd say the most likely candidate was the Minoan civilisation of Crete and other nearby islands. That flourished between about 1800 and 1400 BC - a good 1000 years before Plato.<br />
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Certainly there is no doubt that the Minoans existed, that they were a great civilisation ba<x>sed on large islands and that one of their largest settlements was destroyed by the Thera erruption.

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The old story apparently referred to a volcanic island near Greece. It blew up in a massive eruption in something like 1,000 BCE. Not much is left of the island. The tsunami flooded many waterfront towns in the Mediterranean.

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Yes. There's a documentary on it. Only problem is the space vampires :(

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I do. Unfortunately I can't prove it. So I'm possibly wrong.

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Yes, it was Thera, now called Santorini

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