The Greek philosopher, Plato, introduced the story of the lost continent of Atlantis.  He wrote about a land called Atlantis in two of his dialogues, Timaeus and Critias around 370 B.C.  Plato stated that the continent lay in the Atlantic Ocean near the Straits of Gibraltar until its destruction 10,000 years previous. Plato described Atlantis as alternating rings of sea and land, with a palace in the center ‘bull’s eye’.