Were Ancient Intelligent Civilizations Wiped Out by Nuclear War?

Robert Oppenheimer, Father of the Atomic Bomb, was asked in an interview if the bomb tested at Alamogordo was the first to be detonated. "Well, yes," he responded, "in modern times, of course." (As quoted in Doomsday, by Charles Berlitz.) [Photo Source.] 
 There are numerous discoveries that point to the idea of highly advanced civilizations that existed long before us. From the massive megalithic monuments that are said to have been constructed before the invention of the wheel, to the thousand-year-old model airplanes. 

Clearly, there's something we don't know. 

Ancient model airplane from South America
This gold model airplane was discovered in South America, dating between 300-500BC. The model was then reconstructed to scale, adding only a propeller and small engine, and sure enough, the plane flew -- with ease! Source.
Is it possible that the entire history of the world as we know it has spawned from the aftermath of a cataclysmic event of such colossal proportions, that only now are we beginning to crawl out of the 10,000 year dark age that we had been thrust into?

The favorite question is, that if people were so intelligent before, why don't we have any records? Truly, we can barely decipher 'historical records' we have from barely a couple hundred years ago, much less something from a couple thousand years back!
Helicopter Heiroglyphics in Seti I Temple in Abydos
These carvings are from the Seti I temple in Abydos, and seem to depict a helicopter as well as a modern airplane dropping a bomb. Normally, I wouldn't post anything that has been 'debunked' But really? The going explanation is that this is a heiroglyphic 'typo.' Source.
 Let us also consider that if there were an ancient nuclear war, survivors would have lost much of the current technology, and possibly would have had to pass down the story as they knew it by word of mouth. 

In the words of J.R.R Tolkien, 'History became legend. Legend became myth...'

We don't have many historical records older than about 5,000 years ago. Beyond that, all we have is myth. Stories passed down through generations. But beneath the enigmatic tales of mythology, perhaps there is some truth within. 

What the Grecians had to say:

In Hesiod's Theogany, he describes a lengthy and destructive war between Zeus and the Titans. After ten long years of battle, Zeus unleashes his full power and hurls his lightning at them. "The land seethed... hot vapor lapped... flame unspeakable rose to the bright upper air." At last, the Titans are defeated by Zeus' missiles and buried beneath a sea at the far west. 
Real translated text:
"Then Zeus no longer held back his might; but straight his heart was filled with fury and he showed forth all his strength. From Heaven and from Olympus he came forthwith, hurling his lightning: the bold flew thick and fast from his strong hand together with thunder and lightning, whirling an awesome flame. The life-giving earth crashed around in burning, and the vast wood crackled loud with fire all about. All the land seethed, and Ocean's streams and the unfruitful sea. The hot vapour lapped round the earthborn Titans: flame unspeakable rose to the bright upper air: the flashing glare of the thunder- stone and lightning blinded their eyes for all that there were strong. Astounding heat seized Chaos: and to see with eyes and to hear the sound with ears it seemed even as if Earth and wide Heaven above came together; for such a mighty crash would have arisen if Earth were being hurled to ruin, and Heaven from on high were hurling her down; so great a crash was there while the gods were meeting together in strife. Also the winds brought rumbling earthquake and duststorm, thunder and lightning and the lurid thunderbolt, which are the shafts of great Zeus, and carried the clangour and the warcry into the midst of the two hosts. An horrible uproar of terrible strife arose: mighty deeds were shown and the battle inclined. But until then, they kept at one another and fought continually in cruel war.
Zeus battles the Titans
Zeus battles the Titans. Source.
[713] And amongst the foremost Cottus and Briareos and Gyes insatiate for war raised fierce fighting: three hundred rocks, one upon another, they launched from their strong hands and overshadowed the Titans with their missiles, and buried them beneath the wide-pathed earth, and bound them in bitter chains when they had conquered them by their strength for all their great spirit, as far beneath the earth to Tartarus. […] There by the counsel of Zeus who drives the clouds the Titan gods are hidden under misty gloom, in a dank place where are the ends of the huge earth. And they may not go out; for Poseidon fixed gates of bronze upon it, and a wall runs all round it on every side. There Gyes and Cottus and great-souled Obriareus live, trusty warders of Zeus who holds the aegis.” 

What the Hindus have to say:

Below are excerpts from the Mahabharata, one of two major Sanskrit epics of Ancient India. The Mahabharata consists of 18 volumes, and tells of the great Kurukshetra War.

The story begins with the construction of Tripura, three cities which “revolve in a circle,” each measuring about 100 yojanas in length and 100 yojanas in width. (100 yojanas is equal to about 800 kilometers, though the translation of the measurements into modern terms is debated.) The story describes an advanced city with “lofty mansions” and “streets that are wide and spacious.” Eventually the city becomes so powerful that it decides to take over the world, and “shamelessly exterminate cities and towns.”

A ten-year battle ensues, but the Triple City is not destroyed. Finally, they decide that the only way to defeat the three cities is to destroy them all at once. They then proceed to assemble a “vimana,” or “flying car,” which is equipped with “wonderful weapons.” In the end, a mighty shaft that contains the power of the universe is fired at the Triple City, capital of Atala, which is then swallowed by the Western Ocean.
 

Real text below, taken from the Mahabhrata - Volume 8 - Section 33, 34


"Then Maya, of great intelligence, by the aid of his own ascetic merit, constructed the three cities . . . all in such a way as to revolve in a circle, O lord of Earth! Each of those cities measured a hundred Yojanas in breadth and a hundred in length. And they consisted of houses and mansions and lofty walls and porches. And though teeming with lordly palaces close to each other yet the streets were wide and spacious. And they were adorned with diverse mansions and gate-ways . . .


Tripura revolving city
Artist's depiction of Tripura's revolving City. Source.
Those three Daitya kings, soon assailing the three worlds with their energy, continued to dwell and reign, and began to say,—"Who is he called the Creator?" Stupified then by covetousness and folly, and deprived of their senses, all of them began to shamelessly exterminate the cities and towns established all over the universe.
 

While the worlds were thus afflicted, Sakra [Cukra, in some translations], surrounded by the Maruts, battled against the three cities by hurling his thunder upon them from every side. When however Paradara failed to pierce those cities . . . the chief of the celestials . . . asked the divine Grandsire the means by which triple city could be destroyed. The illustrious deity, hearing the words of Indra, told the gods,—"He that is an offender against you offends me also . . . Those three forts are to be pierced with one shaft. By no other means can their destruction be effected.
 

Gathering all forms that may be found in the three worlds and taking portions of each, we will, O Lord of the gods, construct a car [vimana] of great energy for thee. It will be a large car, the handy-work of Viswakarman, designed with intelligence."
Mahabharata Vimanas
A new Vimana is constructed. Source.
Thus equipped, that car shone brilliantly like a blazing fire in the midst of the priests officiating at a sacrifice. Beholding that car properly equipped, the gods became filled with wonder. Seeing the energies of the entire universe united together in one place, O sire, the gods wondered, and at last represented unto that illustrious Deity that the car was ready. […] 
 

Then He called Nila Rohita (Blue and Red or smoke)--that terrible deity robed in skins,--looking like 10,000 Suns, and shrouded by the fire of superabundant Energy, blazed up with splendour. […] The triple city then appeared immediately before that god of unbearable energy [Maheswara, or Siva], that Deity of fierce and indescribable form, that warrior who was desirous of slaying the Asuras. The illustrious deity, that Lord of the universe, then drawing that celestial bow, sped that shaft which represented the might of the whole universe, at the triple city. Upon that foremost of shafts, O thou of great good fortune, being shot, loud wails of woe were heard from those cities as they began to fall down towards the Earth. Burning those Asuras, he threw them down into the Western ocean."
[End of Excerpt from Mahabharata]

So, again have have the story of a ten-year war that waged, which ended in a "shaft of lightning and flame unspeakable," according to Hesiod, or "looking like ten thousand suns, and shrouded by the fire of superabundant energy," according to the Mahabharata, and eventually concluding with an advanced civilization sinking beneath the ocean. 


Speaking of Advanced Civilizations sinking beneath the ocean...

We cannot quite omit the Plato’s account of Atlantis, since we are gathering stories of ancient advanced civilizations that were utterly destroyed. Just as the Mahabharata story begins with “in days of yore,” or “a very long time ago,” Plato states that the story of Atlantis took place 9,000 years ago. Actually, Plato had heard the story from his grandfather, who heard it from an Atheninan statesman, who heard it from an Egyptian Priest, who had said it had taken place 9,000 years ago.

The city of Atlantis is described as a circular island, surrounded by alternating rings of water and land, and connected with bridges. Plato even proceeds to give precise measurements of the city’s details, and of the larger island of which it was part of.

Atlantis Concentric City
This already bears resemblance to the Mahabharata's Tripura. Source.
The city is was larger than Libya and Asia Minor put together, and had control over many regions, including parts of Europe and Africa. With so powerful an empire, they planned an invasion of a larger scale. It was then that Athenians united and defeated and triumphed over the invaders. Soon after, there were violent earthquakes and floods, and in a single day and night, the entire country of Atlantis sank into the sea. 

What do these stories have in common?

It would be difficult to miss the similarities in these tales. And those are just three of numerous ancient texts that all share a common theme:
  •  There is an advanced and powerful nation in the sea.
  • That nation attempts to take over the world. 
  • A great war of epic proportions ensues between that powerful nation and the rest of the world. 
  • The war, and the end thereof, are important enough to signify the end of an era. 
  • Atlantis and Tripura both consists of concentric cities. 
  • By the end of the stories, a secret weapon is unleashed, sending the offending nation into the sea. 
In each case, the city that sinks to the sea is described as being extremely powerful and intelligent (to the point of being called gods.) They are then defeated by shaft-like weapons (missiles?) in an colossal explosion of fire and energy, wiping the city from the face of the earth. 

But if there were truly an ancient nuclear war, wouldn't there be remnants of it today?

Yes, there should. And yes, there are. But this post has gone on far enough, so you'll have to wait for the next one. 

Post soon!
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About Flame Rozario

A self-proclaimed Crypto-anthropologist with a personal interest in ancient intelligent civilizations, underwater archaeology, and the truth that lies behind the legend. I write about a combination of fact, fantasy, and my own personal theories. Why? Because I can.

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