I'm sorry... what "writings of persons in highly philosophical treatises" was being discussed? I thought the topic called into question the mythologies of religious superstitions. While there are some "facts" in them (how people dressed, talked, interacted socially, what they ate, etc.) there is little history that has verification to them. Certainly the magical aspects can be summarily dismissed with regard to reality but fully accepted on their entertainment value. Even the moral codes within many of these "treatises" are incompatible with modern humanity and are easily dismissed.