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My real name is Spencer Alexander McDaniel. I am highly knowledgeable about ancient history, literature, mythology, religion, and languages, but I am not a professional scholar in any of those subject areas. I first started editing here at Wikipedia in December of 2016 and I have been editing continuously ever since. I am one of the main contributors to articles about ancient Greek and Near Eastern religion, philosophy, and literature and largely single-handedly wrote many of the articles about ancient Sumerian mythology.
In addition to editing Wikipedia, I also have my own website www.talesoftimesforgotten.com, where I write articles, mainly about the ancient world. I am also writing a novel, which I intend to eventually publish. I intend to hopefully one day earn a PhD in the classics and become a classics professor.
My username is a reference to "κατολοφύρομαι," which is the first word of the first stasimon from Orestes by Euripides. It is the present-tense, middle voice, first-person singular form of the ancient Greek verb meaning "I cry out in lamentation." The reason I chose this word for my username is because the Wikipedia article for the ancient Greek musical composition preserved in Vienna Papyrus G 2315 is entitled "Katolophyromai," which I thought was the most hilarious title for a Wikipedia page ever.
- 1 Some of my work
- 2 What is Wikipedia?
Some of my work
Wrote almost entirely
- Athena (passed review on 22 December 2017)
- Inanna (passed review on 8 January 2018)
- Hypatia (passed review on 24 January 2018)
- Aphrodite (passed review on 26 January 2018)
- Jonah (passed review on 30 January 2018)
- Anunnaki (passed review on 2 February 2018)
- Pythagoras (passed review on 2 February 2018)
- Satan (passed review on 6 February 2018)
- Enlil (passed review on 11 February 2018)
- Lucian (passed review on 20 February 2018)
- Dumuzid (passed review on 20 February 2018)
- Origen (passed review on 20 February 2018)
- Ancient Greek literature (Initially failed review on 17 May 2017; passed review on 19 March 2018)
- Anu (passed review on 8 April 2018)
- Gilgamesh (passed review on 29 May 2018)
- Royal Game of Ur (passed review on 5 June 2018)
- Mary Magdalene (passed review on 30 June 2018)
- Ninurta (passed review on 10 July 2018)
- Marcellina (gnostic) (passed review on 22 July 2018)
- Kratos (mythology) (passed review on 12 August 2018)
Significantly contributed to
- Nibiru cataclysm
- Saturnalia (passed review on 5 February 2018)
- Aristotle (passed review on 30 March 2018)
Failed "Good Article" nominee
Current "Good Article" nominees
Wrote almost entirely
- Contra Celsum
- Jesus in comparative mythology
- Proto-Indo-European mythology
- Saint Nicholas
- Sumerian religion
Wrote very large portions of
- Gavin Menzies
- Judas Iscariot
- Most of the "History" section of this revision of the article Magic (supernatural)
- Oxyrhynchus Papyri
Articles I created
What is Wikipedia?
People have a lot of misconceptions about what Wikipedia is. Wikipedia is an encyclopedia. Anyone can contribute to Wikipedia, but you cannot just write whatever you want. Many people come to Wikipedia expecting it to be an environment similar to Reddit or the YouTube comments section where they can voice whatever crank nonsense conspiracy theories they have come up with; they are inevitably shocked to discover that Wikipedia is nothing at all like those platforms. Here on Wikipedia, reliable sources mean everything. We report what the reliable sources say without our own spin and without giving undue weight to fringe theories. In other words, we just report what mainstream scholars have already written.