National personification  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
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A national personification is an anthropomorphization of a nation; it can appear in both editorial cartoons and propaganda.

Some early personifications in the Western world tended to be national manifestations of the majestic wisdom and war goddess Minerva/Athena, and often took the Latin name of the ancient Roman province. Examples of this type include Britannia, Germania, Hibernia, Helvetia and Polonia.

A national personification is not the same as a national animal, and many countries have both, quite distinct from each other. The division is not, however, always watertight - for example, in some cartoons it is the national animal rather than the human personification which is used to represent a country.

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