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You Win or You Die : The Ancient World of Game of Thrones (Paperback) (Ayelet Haimson Lushkov)

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If the Middle Ages form the present-day backdrop to the continents of Westeros and Essos, then antiquity is their resonant past. The Known World is haunted by the remnants of distant and powerful civilizations, without whose presence the novels of George R R Martin and the ever popular HBO show would lose much of their meaning and appeal.

In this essential sequel to Carolyne Larrington's Winter is Coming: The Medieval World of Game of Thrones, Ayelet Haimson Lushkov explores the echoes, from the Summer Islands to Storm's End, of a rich antique history. She discusses, for example, the convergence of ancient Rome and the reach, scope and might of the Valyrian Freehold. She shows how the wanderings of Tyrion Lannister replay the journeys of Odysseus and Aeneas. She suggests that the War of the Five Kings resembles the War of the Four Emperors (68-69 AD). And she demonstrates just how the Wall and the Wildlings advancing on it connect with Hadrian's bulwark against fierce tribes of Picts. This book reveals the remarkable extent to which the entire Game of Thrones universe is animated by its ancient past.
Number of Pages: 238
Genre: Literary Criticism, Social Science
Format: Paperback
Publisher: I B Tauris & Co Ltd
Author: Ayelet Haimson Lushkov
Language: English
Street Date: July 30, 2017
TCIN: 52746805
UPC: 9781784536992
Item Number (DPCI): 248-46-9548
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