I think this discussion about Aquilonia (or even Nemedia) having roman or medieval influences is eternal. It exists even in the illustrations on the pages of the Weird Tales. Why so?
It is easy to find the medieval aspects of Aquilonia: the way they dress, the way they fight, etc. I know this was discussed a lot and I was involved in some of these discussions. But I do think Howard (even though his dislike for Rome) used direct roman/classic influences when he designed Aquilonia and Nemedia, especially Nemedia. And I don’t think Nemedia is ever depicted as an evil kingdom like Stygia or Acheron.
Is Aquilonia a fantasy pseudo Medieval/Renascence realm? I think it is. But there is some “romaness” also in Aquilonia…oh, and some “celticness” and some “18th centuryness”…
I agree the Angevin Empire served as a major model for Aquilonia, yet when in the Hyborian Age essay Howard writes about Aquilonian legions, the extent of their empire, the role of barbarians in the Aquilonian military and the subsequent invasion… it doesn’t remind me of any medieval event.
Well… there were barbarian invasions in China, India, etc…but I do think that, at least this time, Howard was inspired by the history of Rome.
When did barbarians sack and destroy the Angevin Empire? Is there any parallel for Gorm the Pict in the history of the Angevin Empire?
Because of this I think there will always be this discussion about Rome vs Medieval Aquilonia.
The simple answer for me is: Aquilonia has both inspirations because Howard wanted it that way.
About the cover of the comic, these guys aren’t dressed the way Howard described the Aquilonian warriors. Their warriors use medieval gear and technology yet Howard writes about some Ballistas in the pictish border… Ballistas placed in an 18th century like stockade. That’s how complex Aquilonia is. My brain hurts lol
Tell me, can you find "Gault Hagar's son" (or a very close analog) in any Classical records?
I remember a very close exemple: "Camalus Viriati". which means "Camalo Viriato's son". It is writen in latin but "Camalo" and "Viriato" aren't roman names but native Iberian ones, used by a guy who lived in the western border of the roman empire. These native names were used even by roman citizens of iberian origins.
Edited by Pictish Scout, 28 February 2011 - 05:21 AM.