George Lucas, in both the original and the prequels, based some of his fictional sci-fi fantasy concepts on aspects of various cultures that exist right here on this Earth. You don't have to be a Star Wars aficionado to appreciate this.
In the first three originals, Lucas did this very cleverly; in the prequels, somewhat crudely.
is a lot of "Asianness." Darth Vader in a samurai like outfit.
Light-sabers as samurai like swords. Yoda as an ancient wise Sensei. And
of course the philosophy of "the force" is quite Taoistic.
there's also some Greco-Romanism there too. A theme of Star Wars is how
noble "republics" transform into ignoble "empires."
is what happened to Rome. And this relates to my study of the American
Founding in the sense that the Founders had an affinity for noble
republican Rome and its caution against the imperial tyrants, i.e.,
So here is another Star Wars analogy: The noble Stoics as the Jedi, the ignoble Caesars as the Sith.
And indeed from my study of the Stoics, the Caesars basically killed or
otherwise persecuted the last of them out of existence (i.e., what the
Sith did to the Jedi).