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Hi and welcome to my user page!
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About me
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My name is Eric Connor, but you can call me Pericles of Athens (after the ancient Athenian statesman). I'm an American United States of Irish, English, Swedish, Italian, and Slovenian descent. Currently I have a BA in History from George Mason University and an MA in Medieval and Early Modern History from Queens University, Belfast, where I am currently enrolled in the PhD program. I'm very interested in the history of China. However, I enjoy learning about the history of all places and cultures. For instance, I served as a US Peace Corps TEFL volunteer in the Kyrgyz Republic for two years, where I learned the Kyrgyz and Russian languages, as well as the rich history and culture of their country and indeed the whole region of Central Asia. I am a member of WikiProject China, which I represented when interviewed for the 2009-04-06 issue of the Wikipedia Signpost. For those who miss the old version of my user page, don't worry, it's still here!

Below are my listed contributions to Wikipedia, including my successful nominations of Good and Featured articles. There are also barnstar awards granted to me by very gracious colleagues and peers. But first, some words to live by:

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Words of Wisdom
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"If earlier chroniclers of human affairs had failed to bear witness in praise of history, it might perhaps have been necessary for me to urge all readers to seek out and pay special attention to writings such as these; for certainly mankind possesses no better guide to conduct than the knowledge of the past."

- Polybius (c. 203–120 BC), Greek historian

"The study of history is the best medicine for a sick mind; for in history you have a record of the infinite variety of human experience plainly set out for all to see; and in that record you can find for yourself and your country both examples and warnings; fine things to make as models, base things, rotten through and through, to avoid."

- Titus Livius (59 BC – AD 17), Roman historian

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Thank you. Articles Nominated and Passed as Featured Articles Thank you.
Ancient Egyptian literature Augustus Choe Bu Economy of the Han Dynasty
Giovanni Villani Government of the Han Dynasty Han Dynasty List of Chinese inventions
List of Emperors of the Han Dynasty List of Emperors of the Song Dynasty Ming Dynasty Parthian Empire
Shen Kuo Society of the Song Dynasty Song Dynasty Tang Dynasty
Technology of the Song Dynasty Tibet during the Ming Dynasty Zhang Heng
Thank you. Articles Nominated and Passed as Good Articles Thank you.
Architecture of the Song Dynasty Culture of the Song Dynasty Economy of the Han Dynasty Economy of the Song Dynasty
Fernão Pires de Andrade Government of the Han Dynasty Han Dynasty History of the Han Dynasty
History of the Song Dynasty Huolongjing Nuova Cronica Qianling Mausoleum
Rebellion of Cao Qin Science and technology of the Han Dynasty Shen Kuo Sino-Roman relations
Society and culture of the Han Dynasty Society of the Song Dynasty Sogdia Song Dynasty
Su Song Tang Dynasty Technology of the Song Dynasty Zhang Heng
Thank you. Articles That I Have Created/Initiated Thank you.
Adrian David Hugh Bivar Anselmus de Boodt Beisi Pagoda Category:Economic history of Italy
Category:Historical controversies Category:Italian merchants Category:Korean historians Category:Korean travel writers
Category:Murdered Chinese emperors Category:Social history of China Category:State of Chu Chao Cuo
Chinese exploration Choe BuThis article is a DYK article Daniel Schlumberger Dream Pool Essays
Du Shi Economy of the Han DynastyThis article is a DYK article Edward F. Wente Fawang Temple
Field mill (carriage) Field mill (disambiguation) Four occupations Fragrant Hills Pagoda
Guoqing Temple Hans-Werner Fischer-Elfert History of the Han DynastyThis article is a DYK article Hua Sui
Huolongjing Instructions of KagemniThis article is a DYK article Iron Pagoda Jia Dan
Jiao YuThis article is a DYK article Jiaohe Ruins John W. Tait Kenneth R. Bartlett
Liaodi Pagoda Lin Tinggui Lingxiao Pagoda Lingyan TempleThis article is a DYK article
List of Chinese discoveries List of Parthian kings Loyalist TeachingThis article is a DYK article Ludwig D. Morenz
Nathan Sivin Nuova CronicaThis article is a DYK article Oracle of the Lamb Oracle of the Potter
Pagoda of Bailin Temple Pagoda of Cishou Temple Pagoda of Fugong Temple Pagoda of Tianning Temple (Beijing)
Pagoda of Tianning Temple (Changzhou)This article is a DYK article Penelope Wilson Pizhi PagodaThis article is a DYK article Puning TempleThis article is a DYK article
Putuo Zongcheng Temple Qianling MausoleumThis article is a DYK article Qizu Pagoda Rafael PerestrelloThis article is a DYK article
Rebellion of Cao Qin Return to the Field (rhapsody) Richard B. Parkinson Sarira Stupa of Tayuan Temple
Science and technology of the Han DynastyThis article is a DYK article Society and culture of the Han DynastyThis article is a DYK article Sunshu Ao Tibet during the Ming DynastyThis article is a DYK article
Wei Pu William Kelly Simpson Wujing Zongyao Wuzhun Shifan
Xie Huan Ximen Bao Xumi Pagoda Yan ZhituiThis article is a DYK article
Yu Hao Zhang Han (disambiguation) Zhang Han (general) Zhang Han (official)
Zhangjiashan Han bamboo texts Zhou Jichang Zhu Yu (author) Capitoline Brutus
Thank you. Other Articles That I Have Expanded Considerably Thank you.
11th century Ancient Egyptian literature Armillary sphere Chang'anThis article is a DYK article
Chinese astronomy Chinese literature Compass Flamethrower
Foreign relations of Imperial China Gazetteer Grand Canal of China Gunpowder warfare
Horse collar History of cartography History of ferrous metallurgy History of geography
History of geometry History of gunpowder History of painting Inoculation
Instructions of Kagemni Land mine Leprosy Liu Ji
Loyalist Teaching Ma Jun Medieval European scientists Mineralogy
Naval history of ChinaThis article is a DYK article Naval warfare Odometer Paper
Parthian Empire Pei Xiu Pontoon bridge Pope Sylvester II
Science in the Middle Ages Shang Dynasty Siege Sogdia
Song Yingxing South Pointing Chariot Star catalogue Su ShiThis article is a DYK article
Timeline of Chinese history Tong Guan Trip hammer Wang ChongThis article is a DYK article
Wang Zhen (official) War elephant Wheelbarrow Xu Guangqi
Yang Hui Yi Xing Zhang Sixun Kingdom of Khotan
Europeans in Medieval China Saka Silk Road Daqin
Sino-Roman relations Scythians Northern and Southern dynasties Ancient Greek technology
Blond Religion in Germany History of Germany Roman sculpture
Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Pius Hellenistic art Jiaozhi
Ancient Greek pottery Western painting
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Few editors write DYKs. Fewer write GAs. And fewer still write FAs. I myself have been an editor here for almost two years and I've only managed to write one GA and two or three DYKs. Many of our colleagues never even achieve that. But not only do you write all three types of articles, you do it on a regular basis, and in one of the most neglected sections of the encyclopedia. Your contributions are of a professional level of excellence, both comprehensive and concise, yet fascinating and engrossing. Your collection of Song Dynasty articles remains one of the most remarkable accomplishments in Wikipedia's history. Only the featured topic on the Solar system, crafted by many editors over a long stretch of time, rivals this feat.

And yet you never lose your cool or your edge. Always friendly and diplomatic, you've proved refreshingly receptive and thoughtful towards suggestions for improvement and article critique. Your ability to consistently produce consistently fantastic content, escaping the drama and hubbub other prolific editors seem to find themselves in, while maintaining a level of scholarship that makes a fellow history major go "Damn...", you've become an example for other Wikipedians, including this one, to follow.

I often hear people criticize Wikipedia's content - its systemic biases, its tragic imbalance towards video games and entertainment, its inaccuracies and mistakes. In these cases, I'm proud to be able to point to your contributions and prove them wrong. For this, not to mention everything else I've mentioned, you most clearly deserve this award. Hemlock Martinis (talk) 17:48, 17 March 2008 (UTC)

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I award the prestigious Featured Article Medal to Eric for promoting several articles to the Featured Article status. Masterpiece2000 (talk) 14:34, 29 March 2008 (UTC)
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For your outstanding work at writing a brilliant article to FA standard and giving us the gift of the first Tibetan FA on wikipedia.. Hereby I present you this coveted award. The Bald One is proud of you, Much deserved. ♦Blofeld of SPECTRE♦ $1,000,000? 20:35, 16 May 2008 (UTC)
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For outstanding contributions: As of today's date, PericlesofAthens has taken six articles to WP:GA, one of which has gone on to WP:FA. Good on you! Ling.Nut 01:58, 11 June 2007 (UTC)
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Wow, great work on the List of Chinese inventions page. Keep up the good work. - tholly --Turnip-- 18:27, 19 June 2008 (UTC)
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I award you this barnstar in recognition of your [tireless] contributions to Song Dynasty, most notably for being the driving force behind its promotion to GA status. Well done! Cliff smith 23:10, 2 May 2007 (UTC)
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Awarded to Pericles for his superb work on olde Chinese history....Blnguyen (bananabucket) 07:41, 3 June 2008 (UTC)
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On the behalf of WP:CHINA, I award you this barnstar for your quality contributions to various Chinese history-related articles, and the effort in bringing them to higher status! (AQu01rius • Talk) 04:05, 7 May 2007 (UTC)
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I, VanTucky, award you PericlesofAthens, this barnstar for your excellent work on multiple Good Articles related to the Tang and Song Dynasties. VanTucky (talk) 04:18, 9 August 2007 (UTC)
Userpage barnstar.svg The Excellent Userpage Award
Your Userpage is like, 99.999999999% perfect! That is why I am giving you this award. * --RayquazaDialgaWeird2210 (talk) 16:52, 25 March 2008 (UTC)
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For researching and essentially single-handedly building the professional quality researched Han Dynasty article and subsequent topics. Cheers! Scapler (talk) 18:34, 3 May 2009 (UTC)
this WikiAward was given to PericlesofAthens by Cheers! Scapler (talk) on 18:34, 3 May 2009 (UTC)
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For creating Wikiproject Tibet's first featured article, I award you this Buddha Barnstar. Gimme danger (talk) 16:33, 16 May 2008 (UTC)
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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)
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Thank you very much for improving Sogdia and bringing it to GA status! Well done! Sogdians were almost forgotten in history of Greater Iran, but you revived them, much appreciated! Kouhi (talk) 18:53, 11 October 2016 (UTC)
Four years ago ...
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... you were recipient
no. 266 of Precious,
a prize of QAI!
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