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Old Ghis
Ancient Ghiscari Empire
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"Finally the Valyrians marched on their capital of Old Ghis and obliterated it, turning its streets and buildings to ash with dragonflame and wiping the Ghiscari people and their culture of the face of the Earth."
Viserys Targaryen[src]
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A map showing the location of Old Ghis on the continent of Essos.

Old Ghis is a ruined city, located in the region of Ghiscar on the southern coast of Essos. It was once the ancient capital of the Ghiscari Empire, but was destroyed by the Valyrian Freehold with the use of dragons.[1]

The city is located south of Slaver's Bay, on the eastern coastline of the Gulf of Grief. The city of New Ghis, its successor, is located on an island not far to the south.[2]

In the booksEdit

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, Old Ghis led five great wars against Valyria before being destroyed once and for all. Frustrated by the city's constant uprisings, the Valyrians pulled down the city's walls, burned the buildings to ashes and cinders and poisoned the surrounding lands with salt, sulphur and skulls to prevent it from rising again.

The city and the Ghiscari Empire were founded by Grazdan the Great, a mighty leader. Its symbol, and that of the Empire it led, was that of a harpy clutching a thunderbolt.

InspirationEdit

​Old Ghis has many similiarities with Carthage, capital of the Carthiginian empire, the great rival of the Roman Republic. The two empires engaged in three bloody wars. At the end of the last, the Romans destroyed the city and according to legend sowed the soil with salt to prevent the city rising again.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. "The Complete Guide to Westeros: Valyria and the Dragons" featurette
  2. HBO viewers guide, season 2 map, Astapor entry

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