79. Indians Inspired Greeks
India and Greece have many similarities; Ancient Western civilizations, known to India include Greece, Rome, Egypt, Persia, and Mesapotonia. Among all the western civilizations, Greeks are immensely and intimately connected to Indian thought and culture.
Similarities in language, associated by similarities in religious beliefs, indicate that these two peoples must have either been in close contact at some early period or have had a common origin, even though neither had any recollection of those times. The Olympian religion of the Greeks and Vedic beliefs had a common background.
Ages before Alexander's interaction with north western Indian border, Pythagoras, Thales, Empedocles, Anaxagoras, Democritus and others undertook journey to the East to study philosophy and science at Taxilia, the ancient Indian university.
According to Voltaire, "The Greeks, before the time of Pythagoras, travelled into India for instruction. The signs of the seven planets and of seven metals are still almost all over the earth, such as the Indians invented: the Arabians were obliged to adopt their ciphers."