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Wikipedia:Today's featured article/January 21, 2015[edit]

Hi Constantine. A summary of the Featured Article you nominated will appear on the Main Page soon. I had to squeeze the text down to about 1200 characters; was there anything I left out you'd like to see put back in? - Dank (push to talk) 22:22, 4 January 2015 (UTC)

Hello Dank and happy new year! No, it looks fine, except one thing: the picture of the walls is a little dull, and seeing as the siege was mostly decided on the sea, I would suggest using the well-known Greek fire image instead. Constantine 08:32, 5 January 2015 (UTC)
Okay, glad the text is good ... I handle that part. User:Crisco 1492 handles the images. - Dank (push to talk) 14:36, 5 January 2015 (UTC)

Good to see and read today, precious again! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 12:25, 21 January 2015 (UTC)

Is scuola brotherhood?[edit]

Hi,

Can you please help? Is Scuola dei Greci = Greek Orthodox Brotherhood of St Nicholas?--Antidiskriminator (talk) 23:25, 5 January 2015 (UTC)

Hello! Well, the History of the Greek Nation, Vol. X, p. 240, says that in 1498 the local Greek community put in a request to form an association, the Scuola di San Nicolo della nazion Greca, but does not go into too much detail concerning its activities; it speaks of the community rather than the scuola thereafter, but it implies the two to be about the same as the Scuola di San Nicolo that provided the Greek community's legal framework of operation in Venice, and there is no mention of a second association. In short, the answer to your question appears to be "yes". Cheers, Constantine 10:09, 6 January 2015 (UTC)
Thanks. --Antidiskriminator (talk) 11:41, 6 January 2015 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Nikephoros Phokas the Elder[edit]

Hi there, I'm pleased to inform you that I've begun reviewing the article Nikephoros Phokas the Elder you nominated for GA-status according to the criteria. Time2wait.svg This process may take up to 7 days. Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments you might have during this period. Message delivered by Legobot, on behalf of Caponer -- Caponer (talk) 02:01, 7 January 2015 (UTC)

Interesting article—thanks for writing it! Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 02:25, 7 January 2015 (UTC)
I concur Cplakidas! I've completed my review here. Outstanding job, as always. Once you've addressed all my comments and questions, this article will be good to go forward to Good Article status! -- Caponer (talk) 03:59, 7 January 2015 (UTC)
Congratulations on a job well done Cplakidas! It has been a sincere pleasure and a privilege reviewing your article. I have hereby passed it to Good Article status! -- Caponer (talk) 11:50, 7 January 2015 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Nikephoros Phokas the Elder[edit]

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Your GA nomination of Theodore Synadenos[edit]

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Hello. I am Andreana Dakanali (Andreana Dak). I Try to give an article in wikipedia but I found many proplems because of my english. The greek wikipedia has not the same forms so I dont Know exactly what is that I have to do so to make you sure about the article. Is sure that is not copied from anywhere, the singer Giannis Haroulis gave it to me. I Hope to understand how it works before you have to do all the delete things you say. I'm really sorry for the bad english and I hope you can understand me. What ever you want you can text me. Thank you for your help! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Andreana dak (talkcontribs) 17:34, 15 January 2015 (UTC)

Removal of indentation in favor of bullets in list of sources[edit]

Here you changed my source list which used indentation to bullets. I've reverted it because I see no reason for the change, but I'm grateful for your other correction in that article (which I've left intact). What was your reason for changing to bullets? I never see bullets being used for source lists in scientific journal articles or books? --AlexanderVanLoon (talk) 10:38, 16 January 2015 (UTC)

It's the usual style in Wikipedia, as you can see in most pages and in WP:CITE. Constantine 10:58, 16 January 2015 (UTC)
Thank you for your reply. However, since Template:Refbegin doesn't discourage it's use and WP:CITE doesn't even mention it, it's still my personal preference. Of course I won't change it in pages were bullets are already in use, but for articles I (re)write myself I'll keep using indentation for the list of sources. I guess I should deliberate with the people behind WP:CITE to revise the policy. --AlexanderVanLoon (talk) 15:48, 16 January 2015 (UTC)

Ein kleiner Gefallen[edit]

Hallo Constantine
how are you? On 9th January I greeted on your behalf your homeland on the way back to Rome :-) . There was clear weather, and from my left window seat I could see in the glorious afternoon light Thracia, Lemnos, Samotracia, Chalcidica, Thessaly, Eubea, Attica and Epirus, plus the snow capped Olympus... If you have time and lust, could you please do some ce on this article. It was a redirect, so that no copyediting busy bees are coming so far. :-) Greeting from Helvetia Felix. Alex2006 (talk) 10:12, 19 January 2015 (UTC)

Hello Alex! I've had to go urgently to Greece due to some family troubles and was a bit out of touch. I'll gladly check the article and make a copyedit. Cheers, Constantine 20:03, 21 January 2015 (UTC)
Thanks Costas! I hope it was nothing serious...Take care! Cheers, Alex2006 (talk) 06:36, 22 January 2015 (UTC)
No problem Alex, it is, as always, a pleasure. A small favour in return, could you try to communicate with this IP who edits on Longobardia? Unless I am very much mistaken, his native language is Italian, and I cannot seem to have a meaningful interaction in English with him. Constantine 09:14, 22 January 2015 (UTC)
Thanks! Actually, yesterday I ask for half-protectection both articles, and one is now protected. :-) I will try to speak with him, altough I don't think that there the problem is the language...Moreover, I noticed that he is using at least 3 different ips (all coming from Sicily). Alex2006 (talk) 09:20, 22 January 2015 (UTC)
Hallo Costas, yesterday I wrote to that guy at the talk page of the admin who protected the article, because he complained with him, but until now he did not answer...Alex2006 (talk) 19:13, 23 January 2015 (UTC)
I saw that, thanks. He answered below, but he is still as unwilling to give a straight answer as ever. Constantine 19:16, 23 January 2015 (UTC)
Non ti curar di lor, ma guarda e passa :-) Alex2006 (talk) 19:39, 23 January 2015 (UTC)

Longobardia[edit]

Hello...as regards Longobardia, Celsius (1727) noted that the name was used to indicate Longobardia Italy only after the destruction of the Lombard kingdom in 774. Therefore, he believed that the warriors mentioned in the stele belonged to the shipment of Federico II in Italy. This view was also accepted by Brocman (1762) believed that the warriors killed in battle against the Byzantine Emperor. The von Friesen (1913) noted, however, that in the inscriptions there was referring to Lombardy, but the lands of the south known as the eleventh century Langobardia that belonged to Byzantium, where he fought many battles between the Greeks and Normans and where perished men mentioned in the pieces.--79.19.99.123 (talk) 18:03, 20 January 2015 (UTC)

Greetings. First, the sources you cite here are way beyond outdated, second, I am afraid you fail to explain what exactly your sources are supposed to assert, and third, I don't see what they have to do with you reverting my changes, to whit: the name of the province was given by the Byzantines, not the Varangians, so that is the one that should be mentioned in the lede; what it was known as to the Varangians or other Germanics is secondary to the fact that it was a Byzantine province. Whether it was the first or second or n-th state entity known as Longobardia is neither here nor there, and smacks of WP:OR: since the name was given after the Langobards, it is self-evident that, at least as a colloquial name, the term existed before the Byzantines created the province, i.e. for Longorbardia major and minor, as attested by Theophanes. Whether it was an "official" name or not is pedantry and irrelevant: if the term was applied to the Lombard kingdom and/or the Duchy of Benevento, then the statement that the Byz. province was the "first state entity" to bear it is most likely false, and stating otherwise requires sources of extraordinary reputability, certainly not from the 18th century... Please read WP:RS, WP:CITE and WP:EXTRAORDINARY in this regard... Constantine 00:52, 21 January 2015 (UTC)
sorry but your opinion is unclear ... Theophanes does not make a name within the Italian territory, but a distinction of the Lombards to the north and south of Rome. There are no government entity or official names of certain territories before thema Byzantine Longobardia ... the only real name of the Lombard kingdom is "Regnum Langobardorum". There is no connection between the name of "Langobardia majors" and the future region "Lombardy". Poi..le sources of my previous intervention ripendono lively debate a precise historical and not absolete, contemporary sources shows: Erik Brate, Elias Wessen.--80.182.9.48 (talk) 02:06, 21 January 2015 (UTC)
Please stop reverting, or you risk getting blocked. From the moment there is a dispute, the rules are to not revert until an agreement is reached. Now, it may be that you are not proficient in English, but I really cannot understand the point you are trying to make and why you revert even my cosmetic and style edits. For instance, the Germanic name is irrelevant to the lede section, as it was not an official name; you do not address that in your counter-arguments, but revert nonetheless. You also revert the source formatting of the sources you added, which makes them look odd next to the existing ones. And as far as the assertion about Longobardia is concerned, I need to see a page reference and quote from a modern, reliable source to the effect of what you claim, not vague references to 18th-century books. More importantly, you need to a) read the policy links I gave above and b) try and use correct and coherent English, because this is the English WP, and if you cannot make yourself understood, you'll only get into trouble. Constantine 12:05, 21 January 2015 (UTC)
The problem is that your speech is unfounded. There are no sources and links about the rest of Italy under the name "Longbardland". Here we want sources that attest to the use of the word in the Germanic form Longobardia and not fairy tales. When you mentioned Theophanes I understand that your speech is baseless. The Wessen Langbardland is clear the term is used only after the fall of the Regnum Langobardorum and only to indicate the Byzantine thema of southern Italy under the name Longobardia or Langobardia, place called Langbardland by Germanic warriors Varangians of the battles in the ground against Byzantine and Norman . The previous speaker I talked about the historical debate with sources and modern sources are: Erik Brate,Elias Wessen, Sveriges runinskrifter: III. Södermanlands runinskrifter, publisher Kungl. Vitterhets Historie och Antikvitets Akademien, Stockholm, 1924-1936, ISSN 0562-8016;E.Wessén, Jansson, SB F, Sveriges runinskrifter: VI. Upplands runinskrifter of 1 publisher Kungl. Vitterhets Historie och Antikvitets Akademien, Stockholm, 1940-1943, ISSN 0562-8016

Your rollback are meaningless ... you have some reliable sources to talk ???--79.18.110.123 (talk) 12:31, 21 January 2015 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── Sigh... I am the guy who began the article and put whatever references were in there in the first place, so please spare me the "you have some reliable sources to talk ???" crap. The article focuses on a Byzantine province, so the Germanic name is incidental and secondary, and has no place in the lede. The article makes clear, with impeccable sources, that the term "Longobardia" was used by Theophanes, one of the major sources on the early medieval Mediterranean, beyond the Byzantine province for Lombard territories in Italy; whether as a geographic or shorthand form instead of an official one is irrelevant to the point. You try to push through a specific interpretation, and parrot a couple of books to this effect. All right, I want to see page numbers and quotes from the books to support your opinion, because until then it is just that, an opinion, which apparently directly contradicts authorities like the ODB and Pertusi. And please take time to write proper English, I can often scarcely understand what you are writing. Constantine 19:58, 21 January 2015 (UTC)

Wikipedia is based on sources...you have some reliable sources to talk ? please...--95.233.199.151 (talk) 00:35, 22 January 2015 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── I can't tell if you are trolling or not, but for the moment I am assuming you are not. It is very simple: you have made a very definite statement about the use of the name Longobardia, which prima facie seems to contradict already extant and well-referenced information, and referred to a few sources to back up your claim. Per WP:EXTRAORDINARY, please give the relevant page numbers and quotes from the sources. Constantine 09:12, 22 January 2015 (UTC)

involving some administrators for your goals ... in note Longobardia have deleted the information ..without a valid reason--87.17.107.33 (talk) 18:51, 23 January 2015 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── My "goals" are you giving a proper reference to a contested statement you try to introduce. Yet you persist with off-topic remarks while humming loudly with your fingers in your ears. I cannot help you if you refuse to give a straight answer. Constantine 18:54, 23 January 2015 (UTC)

Greek problem[edit]

Hello Constantine! Could you help me with a buying problem? I would like to buy the ebook Halcyon Days in Crete II. ΤΗΕ VIA EGNATIA UNDER OTTOMAN RULE 1380-1699, but I don't know if this site is reliable or not. Do you have any idea about it?--Renato de carvalho ferreira (talk) 18:52, 20 January 2015 (UTC)

Hello Renato! The site is reliable, it is the publishing house of the University of Crete, so no worries. Constantine 00:53, 21 January 2015 (UTC)

The Bugle: Issue CVI, January 2015[edit]

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Greek presidential elections[edit]

Dear Sir could you give me some information on the following:

I would be grateful. Mr Hall of England (talk) 15:16, 24 January 2015 (UTC)

Inside Hitler's Greece[edit]

Hallo Constantine, hope you have a great time. I can recall that you have access to Mazower's specific work and it may be helpfull to clear some things in the Greco-Italian War article: a failed verification tag has been placed here [[1]] (although I can confirm the specific event from alternative works). Also, here [[2]]: Mazower's work has been characterized as trashy and poorly researched book. I believe you may shed some light on this.Alexikoua (talk) 20:42, 24 January 2015 (UTC)

Hello Alexi. I'll have a look into it. As for Mazower being "trashy and poorly researched", I am speechless, although in retrospect that's not surprising, when it comes from the guy whose view on the war is essentially that Greece should have surrendered immediately, so that the Germans would not have had to invade... Instead of dismissing one of the most expert historians on Balkan and WW2 history like this, this self-proclaimed historian might for once bother to be specific with his concerns and bring some actual, honest-to-god reliable sources into the discussion. Constantine 21:43, 24 January 2015 (UTC)
I had the feeling that something is really wrong with the specific editor. By the way (not to be confused with history), WWWII Italians are never presented as villains in any Hoolywood movie, as far I can remember.Alexikoua (talk) 21:28, 25 January 2015 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Muhammad ibn Tughj al-Ikhshid[edit]

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Constantine, you've written another masterpiece my friend. I was a bit nitpicky though and left some comments and suggestions at Talk:Muhammad ibn Tughj al-Ikhshid/GA1. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns, and please let me know if I'm off base on anything. Thank you for all your great work on this article! -- Caponer (talk) 20:57, 25 January 2015 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Muhammad ibn Tughj al-Ikhshid[edit]

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Re: Anti-Judaism[edit]

I want to thank you again for the edit, and perhaps I should have double checked before restoring a WP:Redlink. But it really does help move to the project forward when you bother to fill out the WP:edit summary field in the first place! -- Kendrick7talk 14:30, 27 January 2015 (UTC)

No problem and no hard feelings, I was going through several pages cleaning up and was too bored to paste the explanation everywhere (admittedly, it's not as if I am very conscientious re the use edit summaries). I should have expected someone to object. Cheers, Constantine 14:57, 27 January 2015 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Muhammad ibn Tughj al-Ikhshid[edit]

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Your GA nomination of Muslim conquest of Sicily[edit]

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A barnstar for you![edit]

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Dear Cplakidas, thank you for your contributions to Wikipedia, especially your recent creation of Rhaiktor. Keep up the good work! You are making a difference here! With regards, AnupamTalk 19:42, 28 January 2015 (UTC)

Thank you, much appreciated, but if I may ask, why exactly did you single out the Rhaiktor article? It's certainly not among my most impressive work :P... Constantine 19:47, 28 January 2015 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Muslim conquest of Sicily[edit]

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You're welcome :-). Thanks for your help in many articles --Odythal (talk) 14:05, 2 February 2015 (UTC)

WP:RX[edit]

Hi, I was wondering if you would be able to assist with the following source requested at the WP:RX -

  • "The origin of the lords of Karytaina in the Frankish Morea". Evergates, Theodore. (1994). Medieval prosopography vol. 15, 1 (1994) p. 81-114

You've included it as a reference when you created Geoffrey of Briel. Any help is appreciated. Thanks in advance. - NQ (talk) 10:44, 6 February 2015 (UTC)

Hello! I was fortunate as I had found a partial version online. It is no longer available though, and although I have searched, I too could not find the source anywhere else. Constantine 12:11, 6 February 2015 (UTC)
Thank you very much for your efforts. Do you happen to have a link to the no longer available partial version? - NQ (talk) 12:47, 6 February 2015 (UTC)
No, it is some time ago, and I deleted the link since it no longer worked :(. Constantine 13:22, 6 February 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for your help. - NQ (talk) 13:26, 10 February 2015 (UTC)

Kostia Vlastos[edit]

Dear Konstantinos,

What was the reason of removing Kostia Vlastos from the Category:Greek diaspora?

He was an active member of the Greek diaspora in Paris during the first half of the previous century.

Thank you very much for your attention.

Actia Nicopolis (talk) 17:04, 9 February 2015 (UTC)

The more specific category "French people of Greek descent" is already a child category of the more generic "Greek diaspora" category. Cheers, Constantine 21:01, 9 February 2015 (UTC)

Ottoman Classical Army[edit]

Hi,

I noticed massive changes at Military of the Ottoman Empire. Ottoman Classical Army has zero GBS hits. What do you think about it?--Antidiskriminator (talk) 22:45, 10 February 2015 (UTC)

The name is a neologism, at least in this form, as it never existed as a proper name; " Ottoman army of the classical period" would be an appropriate descriptive form, or "Ottoman Army (classical period/15th-19th centuries)" etc. analogous to the move I performed with Ottoman Modern Army. Constantine 08:56, 11 February 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for your reply. I will rename it to Ottoman Army (15th-19th centuries) to be consistent with Ottoman Army (1861–1922), according to your position. Please feel free to correct it if you have a better proposal. --Antidiskriminator (talk) 11:59, 11 February 2015 (UTC)

Administrative organization of Greece[edit]

Hi Constantine! Could you give me few minutes of your time? Since I started expanding Via Egnatia on pt.wiki, I also continue creating articles about Greece and I'm not finding something I need. On the internet I found the PDF of the Kallikratis reform explaining everything, but I'm not finding about the Kapodistrias reform or even the reform before them. Do you have any idea about where I can find out such information? And even, do you know any governmental site about the administrative subdivisions of Greece? I'm looking for this because I would like to know when some municipalities were created, and this information is also difficult to achieve. Just some few sites provide it.--Renato de carvalho ferreira (talk) 00:05, 11 February 2015 (UTC)

Hello Renato! AFAIK there is no comprehensive resource, but the Greek WP has a series of articles on Greek administrative divisions. Otherwise, the most comprehensive source I could find re the details of the Kapodistrias reform, apart from the administrative boundary changes, was this article, unfortunately in Greek. I'll keep it in mind and notify you if I come across anything more. Cheers, Constantine 12:16, 11 February 2015 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Muslim conquest of Sicily[edit]

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Britannia yet again...[edit]

Hi Cplakidas. I don't know if you remember, but we discussed the placement of Valentia and the layout of the Roman Provinces over a year ago (here). Today, @LlywelynII: made a lot of edits about it, including placing notes in your heavily used map on Commons (here and here). I think those edits were poorly discussed, but I'm no specialist. José Luiz talk 09:51, 15 February 2015 (UTC)

I've contacted him. The placement of the British provinces was always a bit of a problem, as the sources are unclear and modern interpretations vary. I am eager to see what he has to say. Constantine 10:25, 15 February 2015 (UTC)
It's not your bad. You know and addressed the fact that our knowledge of Britain (especially late-4th century Britain) is hinky. The mistake was by the editor who tried to turn your well-done and well-caveated overview into an (ugly, squashed) cutout map that inaccurately presents your (acknowledgedly) conjectural borders and placements as facts. That cutout needed annotating and removal from any page that used it; your main overview doesn't have any real problems I can see. It's fine for the pages that use it as an overview and is about as well as we know the material, except for that fact that it doesn't mention those who put Valentia on or beyond the wall. — LlywelynII 11:08, 15 February 2015 (UTC)
Well, looking at it again... it's always possible you could put your caveat onto the map itself. That's probably ugly but you could do the British provincial boundaries with a separate form of line to indicate the utterly conjectural nature of their course. Modern people looking at a map are going to assume it is what it is, not ± completely reversed provinces. — LlywelynII 11:12, 15 February 2015 (UTC)
Ok then, I will add Valeria to the region between the Antonine and Hadrianic walls, and what else? BTW, do you have an idea of the currently prevailing opinion re the British provinces (if indeed there is one)? In other words, what is certain and what is not? Regarding the boundaries, perhaps I should leave them out of Britain entirely, and/or I should make the caveat in the description more visible. Constantine 12:41, 15 February 2015 (UTC)
Your interest in improving your work is commendable : ) but, even though I had some classical studies in college, it didn't touch on this. The important point was that the cutout map was a terrible idea. Discussion of Britain in 410 should use something like this with no borders at all or something like this where the provincial borders are clearly tentative.
Since I do wanna encourage such thorough behavior, though, I did some cursory Googling. This has a 2nd source for Britannia "Valentiana" or "Valentiniana" (Polemius Silvius's Nomina Omnium Provinciarum) but he also included Orcades (the Orkneys) as a 6th province. This one goes through the list: it says Gerald's statement that Valentia was in reoccupied Scotland is a theory but hasn't been backed up by recent archaeology; it similarly says that Wales has been offered as its location but that "lacks academic support at present"; the leading ideas at the moment are (a) that it was the Wall and its forward and backward hinterland, being partially carved out of Britannia II and (b) that it was the name for the Diocese of Britain—the whole Roman administration—and it was never a fifth province. This guy notes that everyone is working from essentially no information whatsoever, but proposes that—as a consular province—it was a renaming of Maxima Caesariensis and listing it as a fifth alongside its old name was a mistaken duplication.
How to deal with that? I suppose just add another iffy Valentia north of the wall and leave it at that... but certainly discourage cutouts of Britannia and, if you have time, find a way to identify the borders on your map that are tentative rather than certain. — LlywelynII 13:34, 15 February 2015 (UTC)
Great, thanks for the thorough answer. BTW, if you want to delve more into the subject and lack access to journals, I can be of assistance as I have academic access. Cheers, Constantine 14:07, 15 February 2015 (UTC)

Aromanians[edit]

Hello Cplakidas, i don't understand why you deleted my pic(Flag of the Aromanians). We also have our simbols, our flag, anthem, motto etc... I am sorry but i know better than you the things about Aromanians(Us) becose i am an aromanian(From Epirus). Please let me do the best for my people here in internet! Good Night... Noptia bunã! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Remenu (talkcontribs) 18:00, 16 February 2015 (UTC)

National flag of Aromanians[edit]

Dear Cplakidas, our great great great grandpas belived in the sun. This is becose we have this flag. This flag is a "Macedonian flag" and we are "Makedo-romans or Makinonj". We have our indetity! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Remenu (talkcontribs) 18:09, 16 February 2015 (UTC)

And why it was an aromanian flag here before????? The white flag??? This wasn't ours! Every nation has a flag, we have ours too. We don't have a our state, but we have our culture, language and symbols, like dhe kurds! And our motto is: Rrãmãnu nu chieri(The Aromanian don't lose) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Remenu (talkcontribs) 18:17, 16 February 2015 (UTC)

Why you don't answer me? It was an aromanian flag here before????? The white flag? Why??????? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Remenu (talkcontribs) 18:38, 16 February 2015 (UTC)

DYK for Plaka Bridge[edit]

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Aromanians article recent changes[edit]

Based on our discussion at the AN/I Noticeboard, would you concur that the excess wikilinks should be removed? It is my understanding that only the first appearance of a wikilinked entry should be thus linked, and the rest should remain as simple text. I do not want to run afoul of the 3RR rule myself, but if it is clearly a case of WP:CIR then I don't mind putting in the time. I will stay away from the flag issue, as I do not have enough connection to the topic to have a fully formed opinion on the matter. My experience in Macedonia has taught me that such issues are highly contentious, and I am not into WikiWars. ScrapIronIV (talk) 17:22, 19 February 2015 (UTC)

Removing overlinking is fairly uncontroversial: WP:OVERLINK is a MoS guideline after all. As far as I am concerned, if you want to help with that, you are welcome; it is a tedious job. The problem, I think, would be to get the user in question not to re-revert you. If he doesn't understand/accept 3RR, I doubt he will understand the concept of overlinking, especially as it is about 90% of his edits. I could be wrong, however. Constantine 17:37, 19 February 2015 (UTC)

The Bugle: Issue CVII, February 2015[edit]

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Agafokliya[edit]

Thanks for this, but the source explicitly gives the masculine form. Thoughts?—Ëzhiki (Igels Hérissonovich Ïzhakoff-Amursky) • (yo?); February 21, 2015; 00:26 (UTC)

Well, the feminine form is obviously derived from the masculine form Agathocles, but the Russian form was derived straight from the Greek feminine form, not the from the masculine and then feminized. I've tweaked the description, how does it look now? Constantine 00:43, 21 February 2015 (UTC)
I understand it's derived from the feminine version, but I was not willing to say what the source didn't. The tweak seems to be an acceptable compromise, though; thanks!—Ëzhiki (Igels Hérissonovich Ïzhakoff-Amursky) • (yo?); February 23, 2015; 13:04 (UTC)
Не стоит благодарности :) --Constantine 13:25, 23 February 2015 (UTC)

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DYK for List of Abbasid governors of Tarsus[edit]

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Kalpis (pottery)[edit]

Hi, can you add a bit to this and some sources?♦ Dr. Blofeld 10:42, 4 March 2015 (UTC)

Hello Doctor! I'll try to find some info during the weekend. Cheers, Constantine 19:04, 4 March 2015 (UTC)
I had a look in my sources, including the Pauly and New Pauly, and there was almost nothing of note, except that it is a type of vase. As this is not my area of expertise, I cannot add anything more. Constantine 18:05, 8 March 2015 (UTC)

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DYK for Abu Firas al-Hamdani[edit]

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DYK nomination of Muhammad ibn Tughj al-Ikhshid[edit]

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Reverting undiscussed moves[edit]

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I am aware of that, but since the RM discussion had been opened already, it would have been bad form from me to move it. Cheers, Constantine 19:11, 6 March 2015 (UTC)

Iacovos / Iakovos Rizos[edit]

I was going to ask you whether I did anything stupid in that article! I put it at the "c" spelling because the few English sources I found preponderantly used that spelling. There aren't many of them and they are old, but they do include the Ioannou book. Yngvadottir (talk) 21:00, 7 March 2015 (UTC)

Ah, I see. Well, the reason I moved this was because transliteration with a "c" for this particular name is very peculiar. If the sources use the "c", then probably it should be mentioned, but it looks very odd, even given the latinizing/frenchifying tendencies in transliterating Greek names in the 19th century. Certainly one of my personal favourites among English authors on modern Greece, the esteemed Michael Llewellyn Smith (a former UK ambassador and noted philhellene), uses the "k", as do a couple of other publications as far as I can see. Constantine 21:07, 7 March 2015 (UTC)
Yes, I assumed it was going to be Iakovos, but when I started finding material, I noticed the few English sources had "c". Of course it's strictly speaking the 1974 translator for Ioannou. The MPhil thesis uses "c" in the text and then "k" in the picture caption on the next page. Unfortunately it was slim pickings indeed, since I can't read either Russian or Greek, until I stumbled on that encyclopedia entry noting that he went by "Jacques Rizo". So I think I'll add the "c" version to the lede and leave it at that. Do let me know if I made any other blunders, though. Yngvadottir (talk) 21:26, 7 March 2015 (UTC)
That seems a reasonable compromise. Otherwise I think the article is fine. I'll try to find more material tomorrow, but being cut of from any offline Greek source at the moment I don't expect to find much of substance... Constantine 21:30, 7 March 2015 (UTC)

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Edit war and vandalism on Greece (country) and related pages[edit]

Dear C Plakidas, please be advised that Future Perfect at Sunrise, Dolescum, and other user names using 'sock puppets' are systematically engaging in edit war with me, Alexis Gounaris, by deleting as many necessary references on the Greece and other related pages to Greek Macedonia as possible, with the obvious intention of disassociating the name from Greece and the Greek people. Since an indefinite edit ban from editing any pages on Balkan topics has now been imposed on me, essentially for attempting to simply maintain my own edits on the Greece page that mentioned Greek Macedonia, I hope you and others active on pages related to Greece, Greeks, Macedonia, and Byzantine civilisation, can ensure that references to Greek Macedonia are not permanently deleted. Thank you. A Gounaris

@A Gounaris: the guys you mention are certainly not sockpuppets, but users of long and good standing here. I have deliberately not gotten involved in the whole bruhaha, and have only a limited perception of what has been going on, but I certainly don't think that the users in question are involved in an anti-Greek crusade. Rather (again, from the occasional glance) it seems to me this is chiefly a content dispute on the focus and level of detail of the article(s) in question ought to have, which is best resolved through polite and patient discussion at the relevant talk page(s) (i.e. the exact opposite of this). The one sure-fire way to have yourself and your views, regardless how sensible they may be, become irrelevant in Wikipedia, is to start the accusation game due to frustration. Sorry to say, but you are approaching this the wrong way. My advice is, take some time off, calm down, marshal your arguments, and present them cogently and dispassionately. You will have every chance to convince others of the correctness of your views, but you must be calm and accept the fact that you may get rebuffed. Constantine 22:50, 13 March 2015 (UTC)

DYK for Manuel Erotikos Komnenos[edit]

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Discussion at Talk:First_Bulgarian_Empire#Split_.28Bulgarian_Khanate.29[edit]

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RfA[edit]

Hey Constantine, it's time for my annual question: do you want to be an administrator? I'd still be happy to write a nomination if you've changed your mind. Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 19:41, 17 March 2015 (UTC)

Hah, hello Ed! As usual, a heartfelt thank you for the vote of confidence, but the answer remains the same. I don't want to sound dismissive, quite the contrary, I have the highest respect for admins, but that is precisely the point: as I've said before, that is not my cup of tea. About the only reason I'd be tempted to run for adminship is so that I wouldn't have to go through deletion processes for technical moves over redirects etc. any more, and that's not a good enough reason... The admin's broom would only gather dust in my hands, I am afraid, and I would feel bad about it. Constantine 20:05, 17 March 2015 (UTC)
That, honestly, would be a good enough reason for the tools. While there are people who think you should have a need for the tools, their number has dwindled in recent years. As long as you're generally familiar with the normal admin processes (read: have looked at the pages and their associated policies, especially AfD) and wouldn't severely mess them up if you did decide to dabble in them, you'd be fine. In short, you'd be a net positive, and that should be enough for RfA if I can convince you to run! Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 00:27, 18 March 2015 (UTC)
Hmmm, let me think about it. I will get back to you for help if I decide I'll run. Cheers, Constantine 15:56, 18 March 2015 (UTC)
Please feel free to get second and third opinions if you're unsure! And seriously, WP:NETPOSITIVE is a thing. :-) Best, Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 20:30, 18 March 2015 (UTC)
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Hi Cplakidas, are you actively contributing in Greek Wiki? Jaqeli 12:37, 21 March 2015 (UTC)

Hello! Not very much, only occasionally. Constantine 19:26, 21 March 2015 (UTC)
Can you create some Georgia-related articles in Greek Wiki? I mean even a little translations would do it. As a native Greek could you help? Jaqeli 19:32, 21 March 2015 (UTC)
I'd be happy to help. Do you have any suggestions as to what to prioritize? Constantine 20:56, 21 March 2015 (UTC)
I'd say Georgian scripts, George the Hagiorite, Pharnavaz I of Iberia, Rhadamistus and Anthim the Iberian. I hope it's not that much. Even some couple of words about them in Greek Wiki would do it greatly. Thanks again. Jaqeli 21:38, 21 March 2015 (UTC)
Any news? Jaqeli 18:23, 31 March 2015 (UTC)
Hi! I've begun translating Rhadamistus (Ραδάμιστος), the rest will follow. I don't have too much time, but the above at least will get done. Cheers, Constantine 18:25, 31 March 2015 (UTC)
Oh, thank you. Jaqeli 18:40, 31 March 2015 (UTC)

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The Bugle: Issue CVIII, March 2015[edit]

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Mitarakis/Mitarachi[edit]

Γεια σου!

Looking quickly on the web it seems to me that the most frequent form of his name in English media is Notis Mitarachi (see [3]), including his own usage (see [4]). It uses a transcription often seen for Chiot names, see for instance Rodocanachi. Do you think that we can rename the page to Notis Mitarachi? Place Clichy (talk) 19:09, 27 March 2015 (UTC)

Hi Place Clichy! I guess if his personal preference is firmly established, it should be moved. I'll do it right away. Constantine 19:20, 27 March 2015 (UTC)

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The 200 DYK Creation and Expansion Medal[edit]

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A little overdue I think, but congratulation on hitting the 200 mark! Your additions on Greek and Middle Eastern history are a boon to the encyclopedia. Well done! Harrias talk 09:28, 9 April 2015 (UTC)
Thanks a lot, much appreciated! :) Constantine 11:34, 9 April 2015 (UTC)

DYK for Abu Bakr Muhammad ibn Ali al-Madhara'i[edit]

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Gregory V[edit]

Hallo Costantine,
I hope that everything is ok for you in beautiful Vienna. :-) I just moved, and my books are still scattered around everywhere, in boxes, at office and in keller. :-) If you have time and lust, could you please comment my thread on the talk page of Gregory V of Constantinople? Since some days on this article is taking place an edit war for reasons which I don't fully understand, since what the source say is quite clear, but is the source reliable? Thsnks, Alex2006 (talk) 04:41, 10 April 2015 (UTC)

Hello Alessandro, things are going well, thanks. Καλορίζικο to your new home! I've added a few things in the article, as you have probably seen. I'll keep an eye out if there is any trouble. BTW, I was contacted by the local Byzantine institute on my map of Constantinople, and we are preparing a major revision. I'll keep you posted. Cheers, and regards to your wife! Constantine 11:06, 10 April 2015 (UTC)
Great, thanks! Of course, you will be always welcome, wherever you prefer to come, west, south or southeast. :-) Alex2006 (talk) 11:14, 10 April 2015 (UTC)

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List of Byzantine usurpers[edit]

Hello Constantine, do you have any information (primary source) about "Manuel Komnenos (1201) – usurper in Lydia"? Thanks --217.83.28.58 (talk) 22:08, 13 April 2015 (UTC)

...and hopefully also about "John Kantakouzenos (1205–1209) – the archon of Methone, he established a breakaway regime at Messenia". It seems neither N. Choniates nor Villehardouin and the Chronicle of Morea mention him. Karl Hopf thought him to be the same person as the kaisar deposed by Isaac II in 1186. --217.83.17.27 (talk) 23:47, 19 April 2015 (UTC)
Hi! I have left my most relevant sources on this back in Greece, so I will answer with what little I remember or can find here: this Kantakouzenos is identified by modern scholars (I certainly read it in Savvides and Ilieva) with the "lord of Methone" who asked for Villehardouin's assistance in winter 1204/05. I don't know if a meaningful article can be written for him, but there is some stuff to go on. As for Manuel Komnenos, I really don't know anything about him and what is more, I cannot find anything about him; he was added by another user, and I feel that perhaps he should be removed. Constantine 21:29, 21 April 2015 (UTC)
Hello, thanks! Regarding Kantakouzenos, I am quite puzzled, because it is not him who Curta and Kalligas identify as Villehardouins Greek ally in Methone, but rather (Leo) Chamaretos (see Curta, Southeastern Europe, p. 375; Kalligas, Monemvasia, p. 26)--217.83.10.121 (talk) 19:56, 24 April 2015 (UTC)
Hi! Thanks for reminding me of this, I had quite forgotten that there was an identification with Chamaretos as well, although I have read both Curta and Kalligas. Well, I never said that all modern scholars agreed; there obviously exists room for many interpretations here. If Curta, as it seems, draws upon Bon's work on the Byzantine Peloponnese, then it is there that we should look for a discussion on this identification. Unfortunately, I don't have access to it. Constantine 20:20, 24 April 2015 (UTC)

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Semi-Arianism[edit]

Hello, Cplakidas - What do you think of the changes made to Semi-Arianism [5] (besides the spelling mistake)? CorinneSD (talk) 22:41, 15 April 2015 (UTC)

Hello CorinneSD . I am afraid I am rather ignorant in Christology and the correct terminology for such fine theological distinctions :(. However, as a matter of editing practice, if this is still supposed to be referenced from Britannica, it should follow the source; if it is not found in Britannica in this way, then a new source is required. Constantine 23:17, 15 April 2015 (UTC)
O.K. Thanks! CorinneSD (talk) 23:24, 15 April 2015 (UTC)

Byzantine ivory[edit]

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Hi Constantine,

I came across this interesting Byzantine ivory, the group of soldiers at the bottom right shows some interesting features of equipment, particularly the egg-shaped helmets. Unfortunately the image does not have a date attached. Do you have any idea about a date for this? I feel it is probably 950-1050-ish. Urselius (talk) 14:36, 17 April 2015 (UTC)

Hi Urselius! I originally thought it to be Macedonian-era, but that goes to show that I know little about the finer points of Byzantine art: it is actually Palaiologan. Cheers, Constantine 15:19, 17 April 2015 (UTC)

Thanks, I'm very surprised by the date, though deliberate archaism is a repeating feature of Byzantine art. The armour is amazingly practical-looking, when you think of contemporary painted icons showing fantastical cuirasses. Urselius (talk) 13:48, 18 April 2015 (UTC)

Hermeticism[edit]

Hello, C - I just started reading the article on Hermeticism, and I was surprised to see "Trismegistus" translated as "Thrice-Great" since I had often seen it as "Thrice-Greatest" ("Thrice-Greatest Hermes"). Then I looked at the article on Hermes Trismegistus and saw that, right at the beginning of the article, "Hermes Trismegistus" is translated as "Thrice-Greatest Hermes". Shouldn't these two translations be consistent? CorinneSD (talk) 22:04, 17 April 2015 (UTC)

In the second paragraph of the article Hermeticism there is a list of writers. One of them is listed as "Thomas of Aquinas". Since I had never seen his name written like that, I clicked on the link to the article about him, and the name is given as Thomas Aquinas, or two alternatives, neither of which is "Thomas of Aquinas". What do you recommend? CorinneSD (talk) 22:08, 17 April 2015 (UTC)

In the last paragraph of Hermeticism#Late Antiquity, there is a term that has a red link: The Asclepius. Do you know if The Asclepius has anything to do with Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine? If it does, shouldn't it be mentioned in the article on Asclepius, and shouldn't the term The Asclepius be linked to the "Asclepius" article? CorinneSD (talk) 22:54, 17 April 2015 (UTC)

Hello CorinneSD! To my knowledge, it is definitely Thrice-Greatest, which is what the Greek name means after all. Thomas of Aquinas is pretty certainly Thomas Aquinas; someone mixed up the names, making "of Aquino" into "of Aquinas". I did not know of the Asclepius, but a search in Google Books suggests that there did indeed exist such a work on hermetic knowledge. It obviously has no relation with Asclepius, though. Cheers, Constantine 07:31, 18 April 2015 (UTC)

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Question about what a good article is[edit]

Hallo Costantine,
I have a question for you, and for one time it does not deal with the City and its surroundings :-), but has to do with your experience as Good Articles writer. According to you, this article, which got the GA status a couple of days ago, is a GA level article? If not, why? Thanks for your answer, Alex2006 (talk) 14:27, 23 April 2015 (UTC)

Hi Alex! Well, it meets the technical GA criteria, and as a bare-bones coverage it does touch on the topics one would expect from it. To my mind, however, it is woefully inadequate in terms of context, events leading to and following from the signing of the pact, etc. It should at least include a section on German and Italian foreign policy aims, German-Italian relations and increasing alignment before 1938, as well as after (for instance Italy's non-belligerence in the early part of WW2), its impact on German and Italian foreign policy/rearmament, as well as reactions by France, Britain and the minor countries of Europe. In terms of comprehensiveness of content, therefore, the article IMO fails even B-class criteria. Constantine 14:47, 23 April 2015 (UTC)
Hallo Constantine, I see that we share the same opinion: also for me the article ignores totally context (and which context! :-)), causes and consequences (which were devastating for Europe) of the pact. I will ask for a reassessment, thanks! Alex2006 (talk) 17:06, 23 April 2015 (UTC)

Wars involving Albania[edit]

It appears that Ujkrieger isn't conveiced about the "Arta flag", as well as other ones, and continues reverting by pretending that the images are well sourced.Alexikoua (talk) 12:41, 24 April 2015 (UTC)

Hi Alexi, I see that a source has been added. Can we have an English translation and see what it says? Constantine 20:30, 24 April 2015 (UTC)

As I see the source was already present in commons [[6]] it was just placed on a wrong field. Also the link to a forum, which appears to add some text of this work can hardly be considered of some value (postage stambs prove nothing close to historicity).Alexikoua (talk) 07:36, 25 April 2015 (UTC)
As I've imagined, nothing close to wp:rs supports the historicity of the images (and they are many in the case of medieval Balkan entities). They are just a modern-day artistic reconstruction. Alexikoua (talk) 09:43, 25 April 2015 (UTC)
Then it should be removed, as you did quite correctly. I'll keep an eye out myself. Constantine 20:52, 25 April 2015 (UTC)

The Bugle: Issue CIX, April 2015[edit]

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Wikipedia:WikiProject Intertranswiki[edit]

Hi, can I interest you and page stalkers in this project? For starting missing articles from other wikis. All about addressing systematic bias. If so put your name down on the project talk page and add a tick by your name. Even if not, at some point we'll do some Greek/Turkish stub of the week drives and will need your input on what is missing! I'm aware that other wikis the quality isn't always great for translation, but the idea really is to identify notable missing articles.♦ Dr. Blofeld 11:50, 3 May 2015 (UTC)

Hi Doctor! I am interested, and applaud the intention. I'll go ahead and add a few things that have caught my notic thus far. Cheers, --Constantine 12:58, 3 May 2015 (UTC)
Thankyou, you can use the directory pages of Wikipedia:WikiProject Intertranswiki/Greek to pick up any missing articles worthy of starting. All history articles go in Wikipedia:WikiProject Intertranswiki/Greek/History, you can also list any others not on other wikis you've been meaning to start for Greece too but list those in a section at the bottom. I've been meaning to do a bit on Greek films sometime too.♦ Dr. Blofeld 13:04, 3 May 2015 (UTC)
OK. As an aside, it might be worthwhile to use/update {{Interlanguage link}} to automatically add such missing articles to the relevant categories or lists. Constantine 13:08, 3 May 2015 (UTC)

Books and Bytes - Issue 11[edit]

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Issue 11, March-April 2015
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