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 />
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 />
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.
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.
Yes. There's a documentary on it. Only problem is the space vampires :(
I do. Unfortunately I can't prove it. So I'm possibly wrong.
Yes, it was Thera, now called Santorini