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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 entered a doctoral 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 Cleopatra
Death of Cleopatra Economy of the Han Dynasty Ethiopian historiography 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 Macedonia (ancient kingdom) Ming Dynasty Mosaics of Delos
Parthian Empire Shen Kuo Sino-Roman relations 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.
Ancient Macedonians Architecture of the Song Dynasty Cleopatra Culture of the Song Dynasty
Death of Cleopatra Early life of Cleopatra VII Economy of the Han Dynasty Economy of the Song Dynasty
Ethiopian historiography Europeans in Medieval China Fernão Pires de Andrade Government of the Han Dynasty
Government of Macedonia (ancient kingdom) Han Dynasty History of Macedonia (ancient kingdom) History of the Han Dynasty
History of the Song Dynasty Huolongjing Macedonia (ancient kingdom) Mosaics of Delos
Nuova Cronica Qianling Mausoleum Rebellion of Cao Qin Reign of Cleopatra VII
Rise of Macedon 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 Capitoline BrutusThis article is a DYK article
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 Early life of Cleopatra VII Economy of the Han DynastyThis article is a DYK article
Edward F. Wente Ethiopian historiography Fawang Temple Field mill (carriage)
Field mill (disambiguation) Four occupations Fragrant Hills Pagoda Government of Macedonia (ancient kingdom)This article is a DYK article
Guoqing Temple Hans-Werner Fischer-Elfert History of the Han DynastyThis article is a DYK article History of Macedonia (ancient kingdom)
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 Mosaics of Delos 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 Reign of Cleopatra VII
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
Yu Xi Zhang Han (disambiguation) Zhang Han (general) Zhang Han (official)
Zhangjiashan Han bamboo texts Zhou Jichang Zhu Yu (author) Duane W. Roller
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 Cleopatra Compass
Flamethrower Foreign relations of Imperial China Gazetteer Grand Canal of China
Gunpowder warfare History of agriculture 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
Macedonia (ancient kingdom) Ancient Macedonians Ancient Macedonian army Antigonid Macedonian army
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Goldenwiki 2.png The Golden Wiki Award
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)
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Your contributions and hard work on Macedonia (ancient kingdom) is appreciated! SILENTRESIDENT 22:52, 18 January 2017 (UTC)
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For much-needed and excellent work on the articles around ancient Macedonia; instead of getting bogged down in the dispute over semantics like everybody else, you went ahead and transformed the articles beyond recognition. Kudos and again kudos! Constantine 15:46, 5 February 2017 (UTC)
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You have proven to be an editor who is extremely skilled and eloquent in their arguments, even on heated situations! SILENTRESIDENT 16:15, 21 February 2017 (UTC)
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For transforming Macedonia (ancient kingdom) from a chronically disputed article into a GA-class article, it is my pleasure to award you this editor's barnstar in recognition of carrying out this Herculean task. Way to go Pericles. Dr. K. 00:46, 3 March 2017 (UTC)
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A vastly overdue award. Iazyges Consermonor Opus meum 22:36, 27 March 2017 (UTC)
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This Barnstar is awarded to you due to the recognition of your tireless contribution on a growing number of topic articles about Ancient Macedonia, and your submission of especially large body of work without sacrificing quality. Face-smile.svg Thank you! -- SILENTRESIDENT 09:12, 26 April 2017 (UTC)
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Thank you very much for your awesome contributions to Wikipedia. Editors like you are responsible for making Wikipedia as great as it is now, and we are looking forward to seeing more such brilliant and extraordinary contributions from you! Face-smile.svg Adityavagarwal (talk) 12:24, 7 October 2017 (UTC)
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Nice work on the Cleopatra article and talk page! Hrodvarsson (talk) 20:54, 13 March 2018 (UTC)
Cheeseburger.png Godammnit you are doing a crazy wondrous job on Cleopatra. I thought you might like a cheeseburger to keep you going ! Thank you for contributing to open reliable knowledge accessible by and for all. Iry-Hor (talk) 08:15, 29 March 2018 (UTC)
Pita giros.JPG I am worried that you and User:Iazyges are working abit too hard, could you please take a moment's break and eat some tasty Gyros? Face-grin.svg This extra-refreshing food with vegetables, potatoes, and pork meat (or chicken), is a must for refilling your body with energy! Face-smile.svg -- SILENTRESIDENT 21:20, 31 March 2018 (UTC)
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This is in appreciation for all your amazing work on the articles relating to Cleopatra. I honestly have no idea where you found the time to write all of that. Your prolificacy is truly impressive and the quality of your contributions is commendable. I hope you continue to produce such excellent work here at Wikipedia in the future. We really need more editors like you! --Katolophyromai (talk) 03:55, 8 April 2018 (UTC)
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I just stumbled upon your user page and all I can say is wow. I have never seen such an exquisitely designed and curated user page space in my life. I can't let this type of excellence just go un-awarded. Oh, I see you've already received this award. You know what? I don't care! You deserve to win this award twice! LivinRealGüd (talk) 05:41, 7 May 2018 (UTC)
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Thanks for your years of contributions to the articles of some of history's most famous people and concepts! Векочел (talk) 16:57, 28 June 2018 (UTC)
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Well, I was just doing some assessment on Egypt articles based on their assessment here, and I noticed the good job done to Cleopatra related articles. So, I ended up here and wanted to say thank you for that. Face-smile.svg MohamedTalk 19:04, 11 July 2018 (UTC)
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For your work on Reign of Cleopatra and Cleopatra you are hereby awarded The Epic Barnstar. Congrats! TomStar81 (Talk) 19:33, 4 January 2019 (UTC)
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For your work on Reign of Cleopatra and Cleopatra you are hereby awarded The Biography Barnstar. Congrats! TomStar81 (Talk) 19:33, 4 January 2019 (UTC)
Four years ago ...
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... you were recipient
no. 266 of Precious,
a prize of QAI!
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