The idea of "starting with the Greeks" is made in reference to learning the western literary/philosophical tradition from the ground up.
Aquinas speaks of Aristotle speaks of Plato speaks of Homer and so on.
Naturally, if one were attempting to learn another literary/philosophical tradition (there are of course several), then one might begin with some sort of non-Greek or other.
Or, if one were specializing in, say, Mesopotamian influence on Old Testament mythology, they might read the Sumerians.
It's all a question of degree and what will help lay the foundations for chunks of literature/ideas you desire to learn. It is not a question of who has the best literature ever omg. That's for God to know. Nobody has the language grasp or totality of knowledge necessary to make even a cursory comparison across traditions as diverse as Indo-Aryan, Islamic, western, Chinese, Indo-Chinese etc.
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