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u/otakuman · 3 pointsr/AskHistorians

The myth of Heracles in the underworld appears to be inspired by the last tablet of the Epic of Gilgamesh, which in turn, appears to be inspired by the descent of Ishtar to the Underworld.

According to Charles Penglase, author of Greek Myths and Mesopotamia, there are parallels between the Homeric Hymn to Apollo and the Mesopotamian Ninurta and Marduk myths; Same with Prometheus and Pandora and the myths about Enki in the works of Hesiod.

Greek society took more than myths from other cultures; for example, the greek alphabet is very similar to the hebrew alphabet in the order and name of their letters:
Aleph, Bet, Gimel, Dalet -> Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta.

EDIT: As Daeres pointed out below, there's clear evidence for the greek alphabet being derived from the phoenicians; I've also read that in turn, the phoenicians derived it from other canaanites, and these derived it from the egyptians. But you get the point, the greeks adapted lots of stuff from other cultures, not only the myths.