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Helman Corbray

The Ghiscari

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I'm wondering why people say the Ghis are Mesopotamian only. 

The Fertile Crescent nations disappeared ages before the medieval time, where everything (ok, ALMOST everything) on ASOIAF is based on. 

In my humble opinion, the Ghiscari are more like Persians. Why? Because they were a east of Valyria (Rome), who was her bitter enemy (Parthia/Sassanids), and fought a lot of wars against (See how many Roman-Persian wars happened). 

Plus, they made elite soldiers considered the best in the world, what match to the famed Immortals. 

They were involved in the eastern seas (Arabic and Indian oceans) trade with far lands of Yi Ti (India and China and spice sultanates). 

For most of it's history the Persians held Mesopotamia anyways. 

After the fall of the Abbasids , the region was immensely fragmented, uniting and imploding many times. 

So, is it plausible? As we know, the region is known to be dry and hot, as is Iran and Iraq, save for the coastal areas where they grow Olives and bad grapes.   

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Tokar, lock-step legions, religious bloodsport, strange foods -- that all speaks Rome. Early civilization, ziggurat style pyramids -- that does speak of Mesopotamia. The multiple wars with Valyria changes its role to being more Carthage to Valyria's Rome, IMO, than the Parthian/Sassanid empires, but sure, that's no doubt in the mix.

The Unsullied are certainly inspired by mamelukes and janissaries, but they also fight in the style of the lock step legions of old, which sound basically very much like like early Roman Republic legionaries. 

It's really a blend of influences, more than any one thing, with a liberal heap of fantasy.

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On 5/13/2020 at 2:49 PM, Moiraine Sedai said:

The architecture is mostly influenced by ancient Egypt.

No, the architecture is precisely what is influenced by Mesopotamia. Just look up ziggurat. 

 

On 5/13/2020 at 10:13 AM, Helman Corbray said:

the medieval time, where everything (ok, ALMOST everything) on ASOIAF is based on. 

humm... actually, everything ASOIAF is much more early modern than true medieval. 

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