After studying history more and more it is becoming clear what mythology is. It is simply the history of the world before history picks up. It is old history as accurately as we can get it. It is much harder to tell what happened a long time ago. We can't go back as far and scientifically gather as much data. This grey area, although still real, just doesn't have as much facts as the less grey area we call history. The main difference between history and mythology is simply time period.
Something like the American Revolution, the French Revolution and the Protestant Reformation we call history because we have easy to access documentation and evidence of these events. People wrote about, people lived in it and passed it on to their children, we have many artifacts and items showing the authenticity of these events and consequently we naturally take them as being real parts of history.
When we step a bit more back into the likes of Rome and ancient Greece things become a bit less clear. Although we know a great deal about Rome and their system of government and Greece and their systems of philosophy, we are not quite as sure about some of their other concepts. We get a bit more thrown off when we delve into their "mythological" gods and explore some of the legends of where their inhabitants came from.
Step back a bit more into ancient Sumer and Babylon and now you're dealing with the crazy Bible thumpers and their myths. Obviously this stuff can't be true simply because it happened roughly 4,000 - 6,000 years ago. We have little evidence and some religious book that people seem so adamant in believing. How can any of this be true?
Even further and you're dealing with Atlantis and that whole age that we all know is just one great myth right... After all, it happened so long ago it can't possibly be true. Aside from Plato we have very little documentation on the validity of Atlantis, therefore it must certainly be written off as mythology and not history.
It seems as though we have the tendency to discount things as being true the further we go back in history. As evidence and scientific testing becomes less achievable with events we tend to discredit (mytholize) their authenticity. I think this is a fairly bad way to handle things. Sure it may be less clear and a bit grey, but it doesn't by any means make it false or completely worthless.
If this be the case, it is inevitable that our very history will one day be a latter generations mythology. And the rest is history.
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