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A founding myth is a story or myth surrounding the foundation of a nation-state. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Mythology. ...

In some cases, the story is unrelated to the actual founding history of the country, such as the establishment of Rome by Romulus and Remus. City motto: Senatus Populusque Romanus – SPQR (The Senate and the People of Rome) Founded 21 April 753 BC mythical, 1st millennium BC Region Latium Mayor Walter Veltroni (Democratici di Sinistra) Area  - City Proper  1290 km² Population  - City (2004)  - Metropolitan  - Density (city proper) 2,546,807 almost 4,000,000 1... Romulus may refer to any of these articles: Romulus is a mythical founder of Rome, brother of Remus. ... Romulus and Remus, founders of Rome in Roman mythology, were the supposed sons of the god Mars and the priestess Rhea Silvia. ...

In other cases, the popular conception of the historical founding events carries an air of increased nobility or other sentiment, or includes stories and traditions based only loosely on actual events. Noble actions and events are often emphasized, while other parts of the history are largely forgotten. Many times historical figures — especially political and military rulers — become glorified as heros or even as semi-divine. Sir Galahad, a hero of Arthurian legend In many myths and folk tales, a hero is a man or woman (the latter often called a heroine), traditionally the protagonist of a story, legend or saga, who commonly possesses abilities or character far greater than that of a typical person, which...

In Australia and New Zealand the beginning of moving away from the United Kingdom, began with the Battle of Gallipoli in World War I and is regarded as the founding myth of these two countries. In Canada, a similar myth developed after the Battle of Vimy Ridge during the same conflict. The Battle of Gallipoli took place on the Turkish peninsula of Gallipoli in 1915 during the First World War. ... World War I was primarily a European conflict with many facets: immense human sacrifice, stalemate trench warfare, and the use of new, devastating weapons - tanks, aircraft, machineguns, and poison gas. ... The Battle of Vimy Ridge was one of the opening battles in a larger British campaign known as the Battle of Arras. ...

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Founding myth (196 words)
Founding myths could be thought of as a subclass of the general category of 'mythical' events.
Although myths are often considered to be accounts events that have not happened, many historians consider that myths can also be accounts of actual events that have become highly imbued with symbolic meaning.
One way of conceptualizing this process is to view 'myths' as lying at the far end of a continuum ranging from a 'dispassionate account' to 'legendary occurrence' to 'mythical status'.
Roman Mythology (1738 words)
Although this sprawling empire encompassed many cultures with their own myths and legends, the mythology of the Romans themselves revolved around the founding, history, and heroes of the city of Rome.
One myth connected with the war between the Romans and the Sabines says that a high-ranking Roman woman named Tarpeia caught sight of Tatius and fell in love with him.
The myth became part of the city's geography—a rocky outcropping from which the Romans cast murderers and traitors to their deaths was called the Tarpeian Hill.
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