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  1. Theano

    References and Homages

    Maybe Braavos is the equivalent of Crete (or Rhodes, with the Colossus/Titan). Herodotus liked to link things together, so he might have been giving a wink to Crete/Rhodes. Dunno. But those "wooden walls" are from Themistocles' interpretation of a prophecy. ...On further research, one of Themistocles' naval battles against Xerxes took place in the straights of Artemisium, where a large sunken bronze statue was found.
  2. Theano

    References and Homages

    From A Feast for Crows (don't know what page, as this is from my Kindle version): Maester Luwin had taught them about Braavos, but Arya had forgotten much of what he'd said. It was a flat city, she could see that even from afar, not like King's Landing on its three high hills. The only hills here were the ones that men had raised of brick and granite, bronze and marble. Something else was missing as well, though it took her a few moments to realize what it was. The city has no walls. But when she said as much to Denyo, he laughed at her. "Our walls are made of wood and painted purple," he told her. "Our galleys are our walls. We need no other." In the Persian wars, there was a prophecy about the "wooden walls" of Athens protecting the city. But a politician/general named Themistocles said that the wooden walls that would protect the city would be a (wooden) fleet. He used pretty much the entire city's funds to build his fleet, and while the famed Three Hundred slowed the Persian army at Thermopylae, Themistocles' navy defeated the Persians, saving Athens (and most of Greece)--and fulfilling the prophecy.
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    Hello, I've been lurking for a few weeks and decided to climb in. I'm Elaine, from Texas. I'm a housewife and substitute teacher, and I'm on my fourth read-through of the series. I've really enjoyed this site and look forward to being part of the community.