Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



First Advisor

Stacie Raucci




caesar, jon, joffrey, caligula, roman


Ancient Roman society to this day influences different aspects of modern life. One of these aspects includes visual media and entertainment. Renowned by ancient sources and secondary sources as one of the most successful and powerful empires throughout history, the actions of the Romans inspire spectacles of amusement on contemporary award-winning movies and television shows. This would include movies like Gladiator and Spartacus along with television shows like Rome. This study investigates the award-winning, HBO television series Game of Thrones. The show is adapted from a novel series entitled A Song of Ice and Fire, written by George R.R. Martin. Game of Thrones is adapted for television from the novel series and written by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. The study first compares the lives, personalities and character of the figure King Joffrey and the Roman Emperor Caligula. Following the first section, the study examines the assassination of Julius Caesar and assassination of Jon Snow. The examination structured throughout this thesis focuses on the influence of ancient Rome on Game of Thrones and how the writers of the award-winning show strengthen its story-lines and characters.