One outstanding thing about most ancient religions is that they honored only mythological gods, heroes, and events. But Judaism and Christianity are based on hard facts.
What strikes Catholics returning from visits to the Holy Land is that Cana, Bethsaida, the Garden of Olives are real; and Peter, John, and the Samaritan woman were as real as we are.
While the Book of Daniel was a work of fiction, composed in 167 B.C., about a supposed dream four hundred years earlier , it did picture true historical eras and personalities in Nebuchadnezzar’s prophetic dream. He saw a giant statue as a review of the kingdoms that would rule the Middle East from 570 to 165 B.C..
First, Nebuchadnezzar’s own Babylon was its gold head. Its silver shoulders was the Kingdom of the Medes, (that the composer of the Book of Daniel mistakenly thought to have ruled following on Nebuchadnezzar’s Babylon.) The belly and thighs of bronze stood for the Persians.
The legs of iron were Alexander’s Macedonians; while the feet of clay were his generals, Seleucus and Ptolemy who took over in Syria and Egypt. The boulder that would knock them over was the Hasidic followers of Judas Maccabeus.