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Atlantis, the name given by Plato and other classical authors to an island which was supposed to exist in the ocean beyond the Pillars of Hercules. Whether it may be assumed that early navigators had brought back tidings of a western land, or whether the unknown country was a mere creation of fancy, we cannot now determine. Bacon adopted the name for his Utopian romance, the New Atlantis, which he never completed.