History Buffs asks and answers: Was George R. R. Martin inspired by history?

Well, most probably.

Hadrian’s Wall, the War of the Roses, Italian city-states, the Mongols, Greek fire, the Assassination of Julius Caesar, the Colossus of Rhodes are just some of the similarities between real world history and the epic fantasy novel series “A Song of Ice and Fire” and the resulting HBO TV series Game of Thrones.