For which reason you think Damen is more Greek? Do you have a Greek man for Damen? Apologize for not knowing, but are Greeks poc? Thank you and excuse me for my bad English. xo
AHi! Your English is fine and it’s not my first language either, so :PPP
Ahhh okay these are all MY perspectives but here we go:
Akielos is fictional so we cannot say it’s based on just one culture, however as a Greek person it’s extremely easy for me to spot Greek names and words. Damianos, Nikandros, Jokaste, Erasmus, Kastor, Theomedes, etc. are all Greek names. Not even modified Greek names - these are their original forms. Akielos as a name sounds Greek as well, though as far as I’m aware it’s made up. It’s been a while since I read the series but the description of the buildings and aesthetics sounded very Greek as well (which is not saying much - Rome’s culture was heavily influenced by the Greek one).
I do have a Greek guy in mind for Damen, and that’s Nikos Anadiotis:
He’s always been my top Greek choice for Damen, but my number one is always Texeira :P
As for Greeks being poc or not, I honestly have no clue. Because as the years go by I realise we are what other people think we are (because race is a social construct etc etc.). In the past I used to only be aware of racism between countries (and we use the word ‘racism’ to talk about pretty much any form of discrimination here, be it racial, religious, gender based, etc.), ie I knew certain peoples don’t like Greeks just because we are Greeks. Racism like that is pretty prevalent in Europe. We have tons of small countries and lots of stereotypes to go with them, and discrimination ensues. For instance, about a year ago one of my friends went to study in Switzerland, and when he was about to rent a flat, his roommates refused to stay with him solely because he was Greek (and the trendy thing about us right now is that we all irresponsibly lazy/dirt poor/idiots with money/the laughingstock of the continent etc). However I am not on topic. I’m just saying I used to think whenever Greeks faced discrimination it was because of us being Greek, not because of us being poc.
[rest under a cut cause this is getting long] [edit: i found an old ask about this topic and i skimmed it and i think i still believe most of what i said there, as well - also HERE is a post from a Lebanese/Australian person explaining how race is constructed there]