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Naming dispute at what used to be Three Excellencies[edit]

Hi Pericles, sorry to disturb your semi-retirement. As you have previously showed concern about the varying translations of Chinese rank titles, you might be interested to join in the discussion at Three Councillors of State and perhaps provide an apt solution? Thanks =D _dk (talk) 03:14, 15 November 2010 (UTC)

Replaceable fair use File:Iron Pagoda of Kaifeng.jpg[edit]

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Surena[edit]

Hi, There is a message for you in here. *** in fact *** ( contact ) 07:31, 2 January 2011 (UTC)

Wikipedia Ambassador Program is looking for new Online Ambassadors[edit]

Hi! Since you've been identified as an Awesome Wikipedian, I wanted to let you know about the Wikipedia Ambassador Program, and specifically the role of Online Ambassador. We're looking for friendly Wikipedians who are good at reviewing articles and giving feedback to serve as mentors for students who are assigned to write for Wikipedia in their classes.

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Robert Temple is fringe[edit]

Hi. It is only a side-issue, but you wouldn't probably want to cite from nor refer to a fringe author like Robert Temple who believes that "the Dogon people preserve the tradition of contact with intelligent extraterrestrial beings from the Sirius star-system". By community consensus, all material by Temple related to Chinese and world history should be removed from WP, please see here. Regards Gun Powder Ma (talk) 01:39, 22 February 2011 (UTC)

Gladiator[edit]

Your kind comments lifted my spirits (they needed it). Thank you. Haploidavey (talk) 16:25, 23 February 2011 (UTC)

Parthian king lists[edit]

My dear friend, thank you for your kindly notes & guidelines. Maziar (talk) 06:33, 1 March 2011 (UTC)

Notification: changes to "Mark my edits as minor by default" preference[edit]

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Han Dynasty post and user subpages[edit]

Please look over Wikipedia:WikiProject Chinese history/Translation of Han Dynasty titles. Also, it appears you no longer need these user subpages and they should be deleted per WP:STALEDRAFT. -- Uzma Gamal (talk) 13:52, 21 March 2011 (UTC)

Thanks for your note on my talk page. I found your talk page via my WP:NPP partol of Wikipedia namespace pages[1] and grep search for Han Dynasty. I added the link to Translation of Han Dynasty titles since you seemed to be an expert on such things and I thought your input would be valuable there. If you no longer need these user subpages, then please add {{db-author}} to the pages for an admin to delete them. Best wishes. -- Uzma Gamal (talk) 15:55, 21 March 2011 (UTC)

Merging Plastromancy into Oracle bone?[edit]

Merge discussion for Plastromancy[edit]

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Hi[edit]

Good candidate for another new article:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arhBShGlZjI&feature=related

Civilization: Is the West History - Pt1. (Competition) Arilang talk 06:06, 16 April 2011 (UTC)

Improving Wikipedia's Ming Dynasty content...[edit]

I have a ton of secondary sources on the Ming, and want to add facts and citations but feel I can't until this fundamental, underlying problem of History of the Ming Dynasty being identical repetitive pastes from history sections of Ming Dynasty is dealt with. So, I'm looking to ensure that the Ming article has a briefer summary of History of the Ming Dynasty, instead of content copied verbatim. Basically, I'm trying to implement WP:Summary_style and WP:Article_size}. User:Danger recommended I tell you before jumping in. I'll be better-summarizing the Ming Dynasty history sections soon, it's simpler than it looks. For details, see the discussion at Wikipedia:Editor_assistance/Requests#I_want_help_and_collaboration_fixing_violation_of_Wikipedia.27s_summary_and_article_size_policies --NickDupree (talk) 03:37, 22 May 2011 (UTC)

Pericles, I've nothing but utmost respect for your contributions (I think I've worked with you before in '06 or '09, on Kangxi Emperor or Hongwu Emperor?) and the fact that you're a volunteer overseas now is AWESOME (it'd be amazing to learn and write about the kyl kyyak--Kyrgyz musical instrument). I didn't mean to be brusque about the Ming Dynasty article, and I never want to hurt the content, but I do want to seriously trim back/summarize the history section, simplifying and clipping it, deleting some of the more detailed sub-sections (remember, everything I prune will remain intact over at History of the Ming Dynasty). The idea is people will visit the daughter article History of the Ming Dynasty for an in-depth treatment of Ming history; there, all your writing and sourcing in parent article Ming Dynasty's history section I'll have trimmed will live on in perpetuity unaltered, plus more sources that I have. That's my plan. I wonder why there is no existing History of the Qing Dynasty, and would Wikipedia's Qing content be improved by creating it? --NickDupree (talk) 03:42, 26 May 2011 (UTC)
I made the big submit... see Ming Dynasty and, History of the Ming Dynasty, where your contributions live on uncut and unsummarized.... NickDupree (talk) 05:12, 1 June 2011 (UTC)

Main page appearance[edit]

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Talk:Wheelbarrow[edit]

Hello, if you're available, could you take a look at the ongoing discussion at Talk:Wheelbarrow#A Greek invention? I would appreciate your informed input, as you were directly involved with the article as a main contributor to the article's history section. --Ninthabout (talk) 20:22, 24 July 2011 (UTC)

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WP:FOUR for Economy of the Han Dynasty[edit]

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Congratulations! You have been awarded the Four Award for your work from beginning to end on Economy of the Han Dynasty. TonyTheTiger (T/C/BIO/WP:CHICAGO/WP:FOUR) 01:26, 29 August 2011 (UTC)

--TonyTheTiger (T/C/BIO/WP:CHICAGO/WP:FOUR) 01:26, 29 August 2011 (UTC)

Women's clothing in China[edit]

Hi, any chance you could nurture this one sometime finding time amongst your busy schedule. I saw it and it seemed just your sort of topic.♦ Dr. Blofeld 15:17, 18 September 2011 (UTC)

You're in Kyrgyzstan? How bizarre! If you can take any photos of nearby villages that would be great!!! What village are you staying in, I want to to check it out on google maps!♦ Dr. Blofeld 09:56, 25 September 2011 (UTC)

Main page appearance: Ming Dynasty[edit]

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The Great Wall of China

The Ming Dynasty was the ruling dynasty of China from 1368 to 1644. The Ming was the last dynasty in China ruled by ethnic Han Chinese. Ming rule saw the construction of a vast navy and a standing army of one million troops. There were enormous construction projects, including the restoration of the Grand Canal and the Great Wall (pictured) and the establishment of the Forbidden City in Beijing. Emperor Hongwu's rebuilding of China's agricultural base and strengthening of communication routes through the militarized courier system had the unintended effect of creating a vast agricultural surplus that could be sold at burgeoning markets located along courier routes. By the 16th century, China became involved in a new global trade of goods, plants, animals, and food crops known as the Columbian Exchange. Trade with European powers and the Japanese brought in massive amounts of silver, which then replaced copper and paper banknotes as the common medium of exchange in China. During the last decades of the Ming the flow of silver into China was greatly diminished, thereby undermining the entire Ming economy. The ensuing breakdown of authority and people's livelihoods allowed rebel leaders such as Li Zicheng to challenge Ming authority. (more...)

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Hello, I would like to make a friendly business proposition...[edit]

Just kidding, ho ho. Hi Pericles! Long time no see, I actually am not asking you a favour this time (relax). Just wanna tell you that I recently uploaded thirty-something pictures onto the Commons from a trip to the Shaanxi History Museum last year (yeah, really overdue, I know), and I thought you might like to take a look when you are free, there are even some relics of historical relevance! Best regards. _dk (talk) 14:22, 18 November 2011 (UTC)

I had heard you were serving in Central Asia before, but it sure is good to hear that you eventually plan to come back to Wiki! Speaking of Beijing, I actually went to Beijing as part of that tour to Shaanxi! We hit the tourist spots mostly, so there wasn't many images I took that the Commons don't already have. (We didn't go inside the Palace Museum, which makes me sad.) We went to the Great Wall at Juyongguan though, and that's part of the reason why I am writing up a new article on the topic of the Wall....but I won't take your time and bore you with a link to that preliminary draft now =D Hope you'll have fun in Beijing and Seoul! _dk (talk) 13:25, 24 November 2011 (UTC)

A doubt[edit]

Hi, Pericles. This is merely curiosity: are there known descendants of Chinese dynasties before the Qing? Regards, --Lecen (talk) 16:59, 8 December 2011 (UTC)

Mapping of the Chinese History[edit]

Hello Pericles, below is the level of map making I recently reached (100% done by myself).

I should also be able to create maps similar to those of Yeu Ninje. If needed, and if you have a source for a map, you know where to contact me. Regards ! Yug (talk) 16:18, 25 February 2012 (UTC)

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Problem with notes on Tibet during Ming Dynasty[edit]

Hi, I'm trying to translate this article you created to the spanish wikipedia, and I'm having troubles with the notes section, so I checked the english article and found that is somehow not working... I don't even know exactly what are the notes anyway but when I click on them it doesn't go anywhere, I guess this notes are suposed to translate you to a special page on wikipedia with a colection of references right, anyway please tell me what's going on with these notes, thanks.--186.19.203.58 (talk) 03:44, 17 June 2012 (UTC)

Precious[edit]

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Thank you for quality articles on Chinese history, such as Tibet during the Ming Dynasty, exploring relations, - repeating: you are an awesome Wikipedian (11 October 2010)! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 21:02, 7 October 2012 (UTC)

A year ago, you were the 266th recipient of my PumpkinSky Prize, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:18, 7 October 2013 (UTC)

Liao Dynasty pagoda[edit]

Hey there. You might remember me from the Architecture of the Song Dynasty re-GA. I've been reworking the Liao Dynasty article, which had close paraphrasing issues and wasn't in stellar shape in other ways. As part of that I removed all the images to a subpage, as I was scraping out large amounts of text and didn't want to have to worry about images disappearing or winding up in random sections. The Fugong Temple Wooden Pagoda defiantly had a role in the redo, as it was specifically discussed in the sources I'm pulling together for architecture. I'd love to have had this finished already, however I lost access to several sources over the summer, and article writing doesn't come easy to me. Sven Manguard Wha? 17:48, 18 October 2012 (UTC)

Parthians[edit]

Hi, I have a question for you about the article Parthian Empire:

«Ctesiphon may not have become the official capital until the reign of Gotarzes I of Parthia (r. c. 90–80 BC). It became the site of the royal coronation ceremony and the representational city of the Arsacids, according to Brosius.» When Ctesiphon became the site of the royal coronation ceremony? Perhaps under Gotarzes? If so, it could be made clearer connecting the two sentences with a "when" (I'm not a native speaker of english, so I could also be partially wrong!).--151.70.107.213 (talk) 10:36, 21 May 2013 (UTC)
Hello! Thank you for your question, it's a good one. By the reign of Gotarzes the city of Ctesiphon was most likely the capital city. If not, it was at least made the capital soon afterwards. Whether it was used by Gotarzes for his coronation as king I do not know. Brosius does not clarify that point. A lot of details from the early period of the Parthian Empire are unknown to us because many of their records and primary source material have been lost. I hope this answers your question sufficiently!Pericles of AthensTalk 11:31, 11 June 2013 (UTC)

Thank you[edit]

Thank you for the comment, I appreciate it! Southward expansion of the Han Dynasty is still a work in progress, and I'm currently working on the Han campaigns against the Minyue, Dian, and Eastern Ou. Regards,--Taiping Tulip (talk) 04:08, 8 July 2013 (UTC)

WP:FOUR RFC[edit]

There are two WP:RFCs at WP:FOUR. The first is to conflate issues so as to keep people from expressing meaningful opinions. The second, by me, is claimed to be less than neutral by proponents of the first. Please look at the second one, which I think is much better.--TonyTheTiger (T / C / WP:FOUR / WP:CHICAGO / WP:WAWARD) 07:19, 20 August 2013 (UTC)

Chinese pyramids[edit]

File:Pat's 22nd Birthday.jpg listed for deletion[edit]

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A barnstar for you![edit]

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Great work on Parthian Empire. A very good article. We need more featured articles like that. Keep it up! Zyma (talk) 15:32, 29 April 2014 (UTC)

Nice to see you back![edit]

Hi Eric. It's nice to see you back on WP once in a while. It show that you haven't forgotten your "first love" despite your adventures in Central Asia and now (I hear) Europe! No one on WP-China has been able to replace your drive and broad vision. You probably don't have time to come back, but do try to drop by more often for a chat or a key edit! Cheers! Madalibi (talk) 11:17, 10 June 2014 (UTC)

Precious again[edit]

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Thank you for quality articles on Chinese history, such as Tibet during the Ming Dynasty, exploring relations, - repeating: you are an awesome Wikipedian (11 October 2010)!

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 21:02, 7 October 2012 (UTC)

Two years ago, you were the 266th recipient of my PumpkinSky Prize, repeated in br'erly style, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 08:38, 7 October 2014 (UTC)