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Author: Cher Dyson

The fans of George R. R. Martin’s epic fantasy novel series “A Song of Ice and Fire” might already aware of some parallelisms between the books and actual events in European history. Some people argue that the map of Westeros is actually Ireland, and you can see the similarity if you invert the map and make it a bit larger. Aside from geography, the big events in “Game of Thrones” TV series are said to have connections with the vast history of Ancient Roman Empire.  Just disregard the dragons, white walkers, and other magical elements of the show and you can how the series drew inspiration from real-life events.

‘Game of Thrones’ Depicting The Fall Of Rome

The major characters of “A Song of Ice and Fire” resemble those of the classic Roman personalities. Their faces look like as if they were sculptured by a skilled artist, or they were enhanced via plastic surgery in Calgary. If you dig deeper into the origin of Westeros, based off Sir Martin’s rich storytelling, you will realize that Old Valyria, where the Targaryens came from, is similar to the Roman Empire. This family brought their dragons with them and set foot in Westeros to establish their kingdom. The ancient Romans did something similar when they went out of Rome to enslave people from a wide stretch of areas in Europe and Middle East. Both were also successful in creating their own kingdoms, and interestingly, the Targaryens and ancient Romans originated from a peninsula with relatively warm climate. Just like the Romans, the white-haired Valyrian clan brought their knowledge with them in their conquest, wherein they built roads, buildings, and advanced technologies in their conquered regions.

The fate of Old Valyria and Ancient Rome until their end are also the same, as both empires crumbled down due to the combined effects of internal struggles and opposition from outside forces.

The Lannister Purple And Its Link To Eastern Roman Empire

A lot of things can also be cited that parallels Ancient Rome and Westeros, including the practice of slavery. Viewers have been commenting about the similarities of “Game of Thrones” with both the Western and Eastern Roman Empires, also known as the Byzantine Empire. However, the takeaway from this is the color purple, which is associated with the Byzantine royalty. Purple has also been linked to the House Lannister throughout the duration of the series. This family and the color purple have been involved in big events such as the “Purple Wedding” that marked the death of Cersei Lannister’s son, Joffrey. There is actually a lot of purple present in this event, including the purple wine and the purple shade in the attendees’ costumes. It is also worth noting how Joffrey’s face went purple as he dies a slow, painful death.