The first supreme God was acknowledged by Artabanus ye Persian in his conference wth Themistocles, in these words. Ἡμιν δὲ πολλων νόμων καὶ καλων ὄντων, κάλλιστος οὑτός ἐστι, τὸ τεμαν βασιλέκ, καὶ προσκυνειν ἑικόνα θεου του τὰ πάντα σώζοντο{ς}. Amongst those many excellent Laws of ors ye best is this, to honour & worship ye King as the Image of yt God who conserveth all things. Plut. Themist. apud Cudworth. p 287.

T|I|n ye Persian or Zoroastrian trinity vizt Oromasdes, Mithras & Arimanius the third person Arimanius or Arimanius signifies ye same wth Hades or Pluto. So Hesychius: Αρειμάνης ὁ Ἀίδης παρὰ Πέρσαις Arimanius among ye Persians is Hades (that is Orcus or Pluto:) wherein he did but follow Theopompus who in Plutarch calls Arimanius likewise Hades or Pluto: wch it seems was as well ye third in ye Persian Trinity as it was in ye Homerican. Cudwth p 290.

The Egyptians are confessed in Plato to have had so much ancienter records of time then ye Greeks yt ye Greeks were but infants compared wth them.

Strabo (lib 15 p 715) testifies of ye Indian Brachmans that they did agree wth the greeks in many things & particularly in this, ὅτι γενητὸς ὁ κόσμος καὶ φθαρτὸς that ye world was both made & should be destroyed.

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