In the ancient Egyptian and Chaldean myths, much the same is to be found. It is also to be noted that many of the familiar myths of classical Antiquity and the early Middle Ages may be found to have certain familiarities with the elder myths from which they doubtless owe at least some of their lineage to. The Greeks themselves we know from the likes of Plotinus and Plato, as well as Pythagoras and so on, were greatly indebted to the hierophants of Egypt, particularly those at Heliopolis, Thebes, and Alexandria. There is also a great deal to be said about the mythic wisdom acquired by many like Pythagoras from journeys into the near East as well as India. See Cory's Ancient Fragments for some related background on the ancient world.Phaedrus: Tell me, Socrates, isn't it from somewhere near this stretch of the Ilisus that people say Boreas carried Orithyia away?
Socrates: So they say.
Phaedrus: Couldn't this be the very spot? The stream is lovely, pure and clear: just right for girls to be playing nearby.
Socrates: No, it is two or three hundred yards farther downstream, where one crosses to get to the district of Arga. I think there is even an altar to Boreas there.
Phaedrus: I hadn't noticed it. But tell me, Socrates, in the name of Zeus, do you really believe that legend is true?
Socrates: Actually, it would not be out of place for me to reject it, as our intellectuals do. I could then tell a clever story: I could claim that a gust of the North Wind blew her over the rocks where she was playing with Pharmaceia; and once she was killed that way people said she had been carried off by Boreas...