When a messenger was sent to them (the Jews) by God confirming the revelations they had already received some of them turned their backs (to God’s message) as if they had no knowledge of it. They followed what the demons attributed to the reign of Solomon. But Solomon did not blaspheme, it was the demons who blasphemed, teaching men magic and such things as were revealed at Babylon to the angels Harut and Marut. But neither of these taught anyone (such things) without saying; “we are a trial, so do not blaspheme.” They learned from them the means to sow discord between man and wife. But they could not harm anyone except by God’ s permission. And they learned what harmed them, not what benefited them. And they knew that the purchasers of (magic) would have no share in the happiness of the hereafter. And vile was the price for which they sold their souls, if they but knew.
The Chaldean Magi
by Hieronymus Bosch
by Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo
...in view of this state of affairs it could not be called out of the way to ask what there was in Archaic Greece that did not come from the orient.
The natives of the land surmised that unless they removed the foreigners [Israelites] their troubles would never be resolved. At once, therefore, the aliens were driven from the country and the most outstanding and active among them branded together and, as some say, were cast ashore in Greece and certain other regions; their teachers were notable men, among them being Danaus and Cadmus. But the greater number were driven into what is now called Judea, which is not far from Egypt and at that time was utterly uninhabited. The colony was headed by a man called Moses.
The raving Dionysus is worshipped by Bacchants with orgies, in which they celebrate their sacred frenzy by a feast of raw flesh. Wreathed with snakes, they perform the distribution of portions of their victims, shouting the name Eva (Eua), that Eva through whom error entered into the world; and a consecrated snake is the emblem of the Bacchic orgies.
...the proposals of the Laws do seem to give the heavenly bodies a religious importance which they lacked in ordinary Greek cult, though there may have been partial precedents in Pythagorean thought and usage. And in the Epinomis, which I am inclined to regard either as Plato’s own work or as put together by his Nachlass (unpublished works), we meet with something that is certainly Oriental, and is frankly presented as such, the proposal for public worship of the planets.
Zoroaster, then, writes: “These things I wrote, I Zoroaster, the son of Armenius, a Pamphylian by birth: having died in battle, and been in Hades, I learned them of the gods.” This Zoroaster, Plato says, having been placed on the funeral pyre, rose again to life in twelve days. He alludes perchance to the resurrection, or perchance to the fact that the path for souls to ascension lies through the twelve signs of the zodiac; and he himself says, that the descending pathway to birth is the same. In the same way we are to understand the twelve labours of Hercules, after which the soul obtains release from this entire world.
They [philosopher-kings] will begin by sending out into the country all the inhabitants of the city who are more than ten years old, and will take possession of their children, who will be unaffected by the habits of their parents; these they will train in their own habits and laws, I mean in the laws which we have given them: and in this way the State and constitution of which we were speaking will soonest and most easily attain happiness, and the nation which has such a constitution will gain most.
Alexander the Great
 James Allen Dow, “Rhodah (Princess) of PERSIA”,
 Luck. Arcana Mundi, p.311
 James Allen Down, “Zerah (Zehrah Zarah) ibn JUDAH”,
 Diodorus Siculus. Universal History. XL: 3.2
 Clement of Alexandria.Exhortation to the Greeks, 2.12
 Clement. Protreptic, 34.5, quoted fr. A Presocratics Reader, p. 39
 Clement. Protreptic, 22.2, quoted fr. A Presocratics Reader, p. 39
 Greater Bundahishn, 182. 2. quoted form Zeahner, Zurvan, p. 15
 The Dying God. p. 130 – 145
 Alien Wisdom, p. 142
 Eusebius. 13.12.1f.
 Natural History, XXX: 3
 The Greeks and the Irrational, p. 233 n. 70
 Proclus, In Rem Publicam Platonis, quoted from Bidez & Cumont, Les Mages Hellenisees, t. II, p. 159.
 Stromata, Book V, Chap 14
 Plato and Totalitarianism.
 Plato’s Royal Lies.
 In his first book concerning sleep, according to Josephus, Against Apion, I:22.
 Talmud (Yoma 69a) and Antiquities (XI, 321-47).