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My question on Authenticity of the Russian birch bark manuscripts prompted me to think about the problem that one of the commentators called "state sanctioned truth"*

These are historical events, characters, old books or anything the official history has built upon, and which are wrong, fake, never existed, never happened, happened in another country and another time - you get my point. But these things are so important for current political régime, national pride, sense of unity etc that they are still alive in history textbooks and conventional wisdom of the country.

Do such things exist/existed? If yes, what are the examples of such "deceptions"?

*The manuscripts we spoke about not necessarily belong to this category

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    @andy256 There are questions on History SE asking for "examples". So in this sense, it looks acceptable. It's quite broad, you're right. I wasn't sure when posting and chose to let the community decide. – Timofey May 2 '15 at 1:49
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    Examples of this is pretty much a dime a dozen, so this is definitely too broad. – Semaphore May 2 '15 at 3:11
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    Examples are abundant. But your previous question about Russian birch manuscripts is really interesting. Were you able to find any relevant information? – Alex May 2 '15 at 3:39
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    @twosheds Very interesting, thanks! Although the question was put on hold by the community, it was still worth asking :) – Timofey May 2 '15 at 14:52
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I'm sure there are tons of examples (there are national myths in every culture and country and time), a couple of ones I can think of that are no longer supported but were important in ancient times are the claimed descent from Antiquity of Medieval rulers, the non-existent Battle of Clavijo in Early Medieval Spain, and the forged Donation of Constantine that supported the Papacy's claim to temporal power.

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