Monthly Archives: April 2016

GoT PiH: R’hllor & Ahura Mazda

Game of Thrones // Parallels in History Episode 3: R’hllor & Ahura Mazda

Averill, Dan, & Tommy wrap up this years’ Game of Thrones: Parallels in History series with a discussion of the Lord of Light and Zoroastrianism. If you’re looking forward to the premier of the new season tonight, and what the heck is going to happen to Jon Snow, have a listen in – even when we’re delivering knowledge about the similarities shared between the Red Woman’s religion and the ancient Persian Zoroastrian religion, we share some insights into just how the Lord of Light may play a pivotal role in bringing our favorite Stark back to life. If you’re already missing the sixth season of HBO’s Game of Thrones, fill the void with Game of Thrones parallels in history.

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Show Notes and Further Reading

Lubin, Timothy. “Zoroastrianism,” Encyclopedia of Modern Asia, 2002.

Fieldhouse, Paul. “Zoroastrianism,” Encyclopedia of Food and Culture, 2003.

Clark, Peter, 1957. Zoroastrianism: An Introduction to an Ancient Faith. Portland, Or: Sussex Academic Press, 1998.

Rose, Jenny. Zoroastrianism. I.B.Tauris, 2014.

Skjærvø, Prods O. The Spirit of Zoroastrianism. New Haven [Conn.]: Yale University Press, 2011.

Choksy, Jamsheed. Zoroastrianism. Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender: Culture Society History, 2007.

 

GoT PiH: King’s Landing & Constantinople

Averill, Dan, and special guest Andy Smyser compare the military fortifications of two cities: the fictional Westeros city of King’s Landing and the historical European city of Constantinople. We’re resurrecting that epic battle scene of Season Two – the Battle of Blackwater Bay – to talk about the cutting edge defense tactics Tyrion employed, and similar tactics employed by the protectors of Byzantine Constantinople for almost 700 years. The premier of the sixth season of HBO’s Game of Thrones is April 24th – feed your GoT obsession with our discussion of King’s Landing, Constantinople, and some epic battles.

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Show Notes and Further Reading

The Siege of Constantinople,” Byzantine Military History. 

Basil Aboul-Enein, USAF and Youssef Aboul-Enein, “The Arab Umayyad Muslim Sieges of Constantinople,” The Culture and Conflict Review, 4/1/2012.

Walter E. Kaegi, ” Sieges of Constantinople,” The Reader’s Companion to Military History. Ed. Robert Cowley and Geoffrey Parker. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1996.

David Nicolle, John F. Haldon, Stephen R. Turnbull, The Fall of Constantinople: The Ottoman Conquest of Byzantium. Osprey Publishing, 2007.

 

 

GoT PiH: The Wall(s)

Game of Thrones // Parallels in History: Episode 1 – The Wall(s)

Special guest Andy Smyser, an expert on ancient Roman history, joins Tommy and Averill to talk about walls – specifically, the Wall separating Westeros from Wildling country, and Hadrian’s Wall separating the tamed Roman parts of Britannia from the wild Scottish lowlands and highlands. The premier of the sixth season of HBO’s Game of Thrones is April 24th – feed your GoT obsession with our discussions of some of the Game of Thrones parallels in history!

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Show Notes

Smyser, Andrew. “Religion as Lived Experience.” Masters Thesis, University of Missouri, 2011.

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