In the introduction to my translation of The Orphic Argonautica (OA), which I am adapting in this post, I describe one instance in which Bryant perverted a genuine ancient text to force it into his false system. Here are the genuine lines from the opening of the OA in my translation, in which Orpheus describes the formation of the cosmos according to Orphic theology, whereby chaos eventually gives rise to creation:
After the oath had been tendered to the Mustae [i.e., initiates], we commemorated the sad necessity, by which the earth was reduced to its chaotic state. We then celebrated Cronus, through whom, the world after a term of darkness enjoyed again αιθερα, a pure serene sky: through whom also was produced Eros, that twofold, conspicuous, and beautiful Being.
This is no different than the way modern ancient astronaut theorists intentionally distorted the Mahabharata to twist it into the story of prehistoric atomic warfare, as I detail here. Century after century, the same story unfolds: true believers, convinced their theory is more important than the evidence, and the facts get twisted beyond recognition.