Apparently the Gods are more powerful than technology. Hercules' gauntlets, forged by Hephaestus, were able to block and deflect the rays from Atlantis' crystal technology.
Cassandra: No, you don't understand! You're an outsider, and any citizen caught with an outsider is punished.
Hercules: Punished? How?
Cassandra: (surprised that she never thought about it) I don't know. Nobody's ever broken the rule before.
Hercules: (waking Cassandra) Cassandra, it's okay, you were having a nightmare.
Cassandra: No! I 'saw' fire!
Mob Leader: (throwing a torch into Cassandra's house) Burn, you crazy freak!
Hercules: (seeing Cassandra was right) Good timing.
King Panthias: In Atlantis, order and progress are supreme. You might say they're our religion.
Hercules: Well, maybe it's time to think about converting.
Hercules: (to a skeleton in a wrecked ship which he has ducked into) I take it this isn't a good place to hide?
Disclaimer:: Crystal waves were used during the production of this motion picture. Pregnant women should leave the room immediately.
Hercules starts the familiar quote "If man was meant to fly..." The full quote is "If man was meant to fly, he would have been born with wings." This quote is often attributed to Milton Wright, the father of the Wright brothers.
Hercules: (upon seeing the towering capital city of Atlantis) Looks like I'm not in Corinth anymore.
This is a tribute to the famous line from The Wizard of Oz, "Looks like I'm not in Kansas anymore."
The character of King Panthius hearkens back to King Pentheus of mythology. Pentheus refused to believe in the divinity of Bacchus, so Bacchus drove his wife and mother mad. In their frenzy, they tore him to pieces, thinking he was an animal to be sacrificed.
The character Cassandra comes from the story of the Trojan War. Cassandra was one of the daughters of King Priam of Troy, and she was a Priestess of Athene. The God Apollo tried to seduce her, and when she refused him he cursed her- she would have the gift of true prophecy, but no one would ever believe her. Knowing the future without being able to change it drove her mad.
The myth of Atlantis was started in Critias, one of Plato's dialogues. Plato describes a ring-shaped island paradise that was destoyed by a natural disaster. Archeologists now think that the basis for the myth was the volcanic eruption that destroyed the island of Thira (now known as Santerini). Not only was a major city on Thira called Acrotiri destroyed, but the tidal wave from the blast destroyed the Minoan civilization on the neighboring island of Crete.
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