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Daedalion Review[edit]

Hi Llywrch! I see you recently reviewed Daedalion for WikiProject Mythology. I haven't looked at Daedalion in a while but once upon a time I did a bit of work on it. Having just reviewed the page I wondered if you had any suggestions on how to bump up its rating a bit to maybe a C or B class article? All the best, Nyctimene (talk) 00:22, 23 May 2015 (UTC)


Nomination of Academy for deletion[edit]

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A small award[edit]

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Once again, for your dedicated, tireless work on the Empire of Trebizond, for single-handedly immeasurably improving coverage in both quantity and quality and countering systemic bias, I am happy to award you with this small token of appreciation. On behalf of WikiProject Greece, thanks! Constantine 22:02, 10 June 2015 (UTC)

GA review of Cadbury Camp[edit]

Thanks for agreeing to take on the review of Cadbury Camp a few days ago. I feel I should let you know I will be away and have no internet access from the 22 to 29 June (at Glastonbury Festival) so will not be able to respond in a timely manner to any comments you may make during that time.— Rod talk 18:47, 16 June 2015 (UTC)

Thanks for your extensive comments. I have attempted to address some of the issues identified and responded on the review page.— Rod talk 07:26, 20 June 2015 (UTC)
I've just got back from Glastonbury Festival and wanted to thank you for taking on the GA review of River Avon (Bristol), but I wondered if you had yet decided whether my responses on Talk:Cadbury Camp/GA1 met your concerns or are there issues still outstanding?— Rod talk 19:58, 28 June 2015 (UTC)

Talk:River Avon (Bristol)/GA1[edit]

Hi, Thanks for your comments at Talk:River Avon (Bristol)/GA1. I was wondering whether you had any time to look at my responses to your comments - particularly the additions re flooding etc which you suggested?— Rod talk 07:13, 8 July 2015 (UTC)

Senatus consultum ultimum GA on hold[edit]

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Talk:Senatus consultum ultimum/GA1[edit]

Llywrch, I wasn't sure whether you'd seen Zwerg Nase's comment on the review, saying you should feel free to fail it now, since the nominator has no time to make further adjustments to the article at present.

At over two and a half months, this is currently the second oldest GA review, and it should probably be closed now. Many thanks. BlueMoonset (talk) 19:05, 12 September 2015 (UTC)

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Evening[edit]

I see you had added useful information on Ahmad ibn Ibrahim al-Ghazi page couple years ago which kept being deleted by a troublesome editor who is now banned. Zekenyan (talk) 22:49, 21 January 2016 (UTC)

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Nomination of David Durham (fugitive) for deletion[edit]

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Nudge[edit]

Have you checked email lately? Do I still have the right address? Hoping to see you tomorrow night -- and especially hoping I might be able to introduce you to Cclowe and Ijon, you have strongly overlapping interests in Africa. Possible you already know each other, but I think an in-person chat would be especially fun. -Pete (talk) 22:12, 10 February 2016 (UTC)

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Settipani[edit]

Hello Llywrch, some times ago I noticed that you removed several genealogic claims by Christian Settipani and his Nos ancêtres de l'Antiquité. I'm not opposing that at all, since I believe his claims are very speculative, but in many biographical articles regarding ancient Egypt (my field of interest on Wikipedia) Settipani's book is used as a source - often the only one - for family relationships. So I'm looking for a somewhat definitive answer about its effective reliability for such cases or not. Khruner (talk) 12:08, 25 April 2016 (UTC)

Ok I got it. I was prone to remove any relationships confirmed only by S. (even if provided with page numbers) but now I agree that the best way is probably to left such claims in their place, while specifying that these are S.' opinions. Khruner (talk) 17:28, 25 April 2016 (UTC)

Discussion of article quality[edit]

Hey Llywrch, Thanks for sharing your thoughts on Smallbones article quality by category report. As you may be able to tell, I'm new to Wikipedia and hearing from more experienced editors is really helpful for my research. I'm interested in how articles change in quality over time, and my working hypothesis is that biological evolution may provide a useful model for understanding gradual and incremental improvements in article quality.

One of the advantages to this approach is that it would allow for assessing article quality across categories of articles, that is, it wouldn't be affected by differences between GEO articles and any other category because quality is assessed relative to a particular article's revision history. By this measure, that an article is consistently improving is the most important measure of success. The goal of the project is to identify the editing strategies of highly effective editors and teams, in particular the correct application of the BRDC, through visualizing an article's revision history as a tree of edits.

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Articles on Roman gentes[edit]

While I appreciate your enthusiasm for improving articles on various Roman gentes and related articles, I would like to ask you to observe certain policies when editing them, since going back and correcting these edits can be very time-consuming. First, please do not change citation format from one style to another. I have no objection to changing "Livius" to "Livy" or using ref name tags to avoid unnecessary duplication. However, if a specific piece of information is cited to "Livy v. 1–3", please do not change it to "Livy 5.1–3." I understand that you might prefer one style to the other, but there is no inherent superiority to one citation method, and in fact converting book numbers to Arabic numerals makes it more likely for typographical errors to creep in; and this is aside from the fact that doing it only in the citations you edit for other reasons means that the same source may be cited by different methods in a single article, creating additional confusion.

Also, please do not delete entries for individuals known only from inscriptions or inferred from filiations. Notability is the criterion for including articles about individuals, not for mentioning individuals in articles possessing independent notability, as is the case with Roman gentes. These articles are intended to be fully-inclusive, at least insofar as it is possible to do so based on nomenclature (with perhaps a few exceptions from late Imperial times, when it becomes difficult to distinguish gentiles on the basis of their names, particularly anyone named "Flavius"). Even if all that is known of Lucius Stultius is that he was the grandfather of Marcus Stultius Perditissimus, he should still appear in the list. This is particularly important with smaller gentes, as it demonstrates continuity, extent, and time span, as well as the use of names by families and branches of families over time.

The general rule for citation in these articles is that individuals who possess their own articles are linked thereto, where sources can be given for the various details of their lives; so these are not usually cited in the gens articles, although in some cases citations may be given anyway. Citations are generally provided for any individual not possessing a separate article, together with a brief summary of the person's significance, insofar as that can be condensed into one or two lines, generally focused on offices held or significant events, if any. No citation is given for individuals known only from the filiations of other persons listed. Relationships to others are usually mentioned only when they are the most important things known about the person; this is to keep entries from becoming genealogical rather than biographical. Additional details would go in separate articles about each person, if warranted.

I hope these guidelines won't dampen your interest in the topic; I simply want to explain some of the policies in question in order to avoid conflicts with these articles. P Aculeius (talk) 18:06, 4 May 2016 (UTC)

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consuls Nero[edit]

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look here. Seneca was 55 consul. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mikythos (talkcontribs) 06:20, 10 June 2016 (UTC)

Sorry, I don't read Italian. Care to summarize? -- llywrch (talk) 16:22, 10 June 2016 (UTC)
The Consul list can be read even without knowledge of Italian. :) --Μίκυθος (talk) 06:06, 11 June 2016 (UTC)
There's a big problem with working from a list in a language you don't know, & favoring it because it is the latest work: you are working entirely on trust. You are trusting that this professor is making a reasoned argument without knowing what the argument is. And I wish I could trust his reasons for his revised list, because his paper looks very useful. But I'm not comfortable with choosing sources to compile this list simply based on the criterion that it is the latest published work. But thanks for bringing it to my attention. -- llywrch (talk) 06:20, 11 June 2016 (UTC)

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List of Roman Consuls: Orthography[edit]

I've made some edits to the list of Roman consuls: partly linking various articles on the Julii, a bit of trimming on the praenomina section, but also standardizing the orthography; i.e. Iulius – Julius, Iunius – Junius, Iuventius – Juventius. I was nearly done when I realized how much work you'd already put into the article, and how you might react if you didn't like the changes. I realize that the article was like that long before you started revising it, but all the same you didn't change it, so maybe you liked it that way.

If you agree with my changes, fine; I doubt anybody else will complain. But if you would rather go back to the former orthography, please don't simply revert all of the changes (sorry about doing them all in one edit; I tend to be a "kitchen sink" editor; if I see something I can take care of in passing, I try to do it immediately so that I don't forget to do it later). I'm perfectly happy to discuss reverting to the original orthography, but would rather not lose the other edits. I think that there are several good reasons for using standard English orthography, but I'm not inflexible and I'm willing to be convinced.

Otherwise, I'm glad to see such a dedicated editor working hard on project pages. Good work! P Aculeius (talk) 06:59, 19 June 2016 (UTC)

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Well, keep the old stuff. You're so stupid --Μίκυθος (talk) 15:18, 14 October 2016 (UTC)

Why don't you simply add the references to the article as I suggested? You obviously know the material. And I would sincerely appreciate the help. -- llywrch (talk)
You cannot add a footnote because of every fart. I will retreat. I'll be amused about the changes. Sorry, my English is not so good. --Μίκυθος (talk) 15:42, 14 October 2016 (UTC)

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Talk:St. Joseph's Cathedral, Asmara[edit]

As per the discussion at the above linked to page, I was wondering whether you might have any idea how "Nda Mariam," the name of the Coptic Cathedral in Asmara, translates into English. John Carter (talk) 14:00, 6 February 2017 (UTC)

Regarding the ban of User:Til Eulenspiegel, who I think was among those you were discussing in terms of knowledge about Ethiopia. I wouldn't mind seeing him unbanned myself, although obviously the socking issue might be problematic there. Also, if it is of any use, over at Wikipedia:WikiProject Oriental Orthodoxy/Prospectus#Paulos Milkas Dictionary of Ethiopian Christianity I have put together a list of the various articles of any real length in that work, although I acknowledge that there do exist some problems in at least some cases with the clarity of the language used in that work. The author apparently knows Ge'ez, Amharic, and French well, but English not so well. The Coptic Encyclopedia, which I haven't checked for inclusion in the prospectus yet, might be useful for some issues regarding the historical forms of Ethiopian Christianity as well. John Carter (talk) 14:57, 8 February 2017 (UTC)

Additional consul[edit]

Hi, Llywrch! I've been doing a bit of maintenance on Roman gentes, and ran across an important member of the rather unimportant gens Appia: Lucius Appius Maximus Norbanus, a general under Domitian and Trajan. His entry in DGRBM says that he was consul in AD 103, attributing the date to the Fasti, but then citing to Dionysius. His entry in PIR suggests that he was consul twice in uncertain years. I was on the verge of trying to add him under 103 myself, but couldn't figure out how to do it without messing up your system, and I didn't want to risk it if it were possible you already knew about him, and left him out deliberately for some reason (such as the uncertainty in PIR). So I thought I'd let you know, so you could decide what to do with him! P Aculeius (talk) 23:25, 8 February 2017 (UTC)

Talk:Lordship of Argos and Nauplia/GA1[edit]

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Quintus Nonius Sosius Priscus[edit]

Regarding your note about the abovementioned consul, the entry is so given in PIR, but looking closely at the entry here I suspect it may be indicating some uncertainty as to the authenticity of Nonius (although there's no indication that it should be Pompeius, and it's hard to imagine how one could be turned into the other). My Latin is not good enough to interpret many of the notes in PIR; if I can't figure out what it says, and Google Translate doesn't help (it works more like a dictionary with Latin), I just have to ignore it and hope someone else can correct the mistake later. I wish I were better at interpreting PIR entries. But at least I can understand some of the Latin, which is more than I would if they were written in German, Italian, or Finnish. Anyway, as far as I can make out, the nomen may always have been suspect. But it could still have been part of the consul's name, even if Pompeius was also part of it. Not sure this is very helpful, but that's all I can glean from it! P Aculeius (talk) 22:06, 26 February 2017 (UTC)

Publius Ostorius Scapula[edit]

Hi, Llywrch. Was working on the Ostorii today and found some discrepancies with the list of Roman consuls. The DGRBM says that the year of Scapula's consulship is not certain, but that some Fasti assign it to AD 46. It also says that he became governor of Britain in 50, which is contradicted by his article and PIR, which say 47. However, PIR also suggests that he was consul shortly before taking up the government of Britain, which would make sense if he had been consul in 46. The List of Roman consuls dates him to 41, based on Gallivan's reconstruction of the Fasti during the reign of Claudius.

But I just found an inscription, AE 1980 907, which gives the date by the consulship of Gaius Selius Rufus and Quintus Ostorius Scapula. This seems to correspond with the Publius Suillius Rufus I assume Gallivan lists in 41, which if correct does give us the date. But there was a Quintus Ostorius Scapula, who was one of the first praetorian prefects, and likely Publius' father. He might have been the consul of 41, or perhaps the consul was an older brother of Publius (typically the eldest son would be named after his father), in which case Publius is probably one of the suffecti for 46, as the other sources seem to indicate. I may know more once I've gone through the rest of the inscriptions, but right now I'm thinking that the consul of 41 might not have been Publius. P Aculeius (talk) 03:55, 4 March 2017 (UTC)

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Using named refs at Germania Superior[edit]

Hi Llywrch. Thanks for your contributions to Germania Superior, especially for your work in adding references here and here documenting the list of Governors. When using the same source repeatedly in a list like that, a good way to do that is through the use of named refs.

The problem with a formulation like, Governor Magnificus Vir, 56-59 A.D.<ref>"Unless otherwise noted, governors from 56-125 are taken from (Complete Source Info Here)"</ref> followed by a list of several other governors in that time span that all rely on the same source but that have no citations, is that as soon as you've moved on to other things and a few other editors have jumped in, no one really knows anymore which ones are covered by that source and which ones aren't, as the information may have been changed. To maintain verifiability, I made a change to the section you edited to use named refs instead, for all the items that I think you meant to cover. So now, it looks like this, but if you could please check it out to make sure this change accurately reflects what you meant, I'd appreciate it. [Please reply here, if you choose to reply.] Mathglot (talk) 02:21, 28 March 2017 (UTC)

@Mathglot: I'm sorry, but I don't see how your style is better. What I see here is simply a difference in tastes. The point is that if someone makes an edit or correction but fails to provide a source, by policy it's already liable to reversion. And despite your use of named sources, someone can still move things around, or change names, etc., & still make a hash of the list or article. No matter what one does, it is almost impossible to prevent bad edits, whether made in good faith or out of malice.

However, my style is simple. I find having identical footnotes to a long series of entries annoying. By explaining the range of entries that are based on a source in the footnotes, it future-proofs the by allowing another editor to add a name or change a name within that range while requiring a reference for only one entry. I feel the point of the sourcing obvious. Lastly, if too many edits result in more exceptions than cases for the range of entries to which the footnote apply, another editor should adjust the edit accordingly.

As a result, I'd greatly appreciate it if you didn't change the way I source these lists. -- llywrch (talk) 04:29, 28 March 2017 (UTC)

I don't believe it's a difference in taste, but a difference in verifiability as I tried to explain, perhaps not very well. As to "another editor should adjust the edit accordingly" I simply don't believe that will happen. Already quite soon after your edit, I already wasn't 100% certain I was interpreting your sourcing correctly, which is why I came here to inquire about it to make sure the named refs I introduced were not incorrectly placed, per your intentions. If one waits a few weeks or months or years, it will simply be less and less certain which entries were meant, "way back when". Everything is available in the History, of course, but what future editor will wish to go on a research expedition just to try to to sort all that out? I just don't think it will happen. That's why I wanted to nip it in the bud, so to speak, while we were still close in time to the event. Hope that explains better what I was trying to do. However, I understand your PoV and I will respect your wishes and not change the way you source these lists in the future. Happy editing. Mathglot (talk) 04:50, 28 March 2017 (UTC)

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List of Undated Roman Consuls – 1 addition, 1 error[edit]

Hi, Llywrch! Ran across two undated consuls while working on revisions to gens Arruntia, and found a source that provided an approximate date, but I wasn't sure how you'd approach adding them to the table, so I thought I'd post here. Also, while I was looking for where to add them, I ran across an entry that may need to be moved, but then again it could just be a typo, and since I don't have the original source to refer to, I thought it best to mention it to you.

The mistake is listed around AD 150, where you have a consul Quintus Antonius Cassius Cassianus listed as "mid-1st century". Was just about to move him there, when I noticed the source citation seems very close to the following entries, which are mid-2nd century, so I concluded it was more likely to be a typo.

The new pair of consuls are Lucius Arruntius and Titus Flavius Bassus, from CIL X, 6785, where they are suffecti x. kal. Dec., i.e. November 22. Henri Schuermans, at page 86, citing Emil Hübner with relation to the shapes of the letters in the inscription, places them at the end of the second century. I wasn't sure how you would want to cite this, or whether you'd cite it at all. P Aculeius (talk) 13:38, 24 April 2017 (UTC)

@P Aculeius:, About Q. Antoninus Cassius Cassianus, I think you're right. But I'd like to doublecheck Alföldy first before making the change; I may have put him in the wrong century. As for L. Arruntius & T. Flavius Bassus... you have handed me quite the puzzle.

What I hope will become the general rule once I've finished at least the first pass through this list is that if someone wants to make a change & has a reliable source published more recently, they can revise the entry with no hesitation. But what you've handed me is an older reliable source. I'm reluctant to add them as "second half of 2nd century". First, neither Arruntius or Flavius are eponymous consuls, thus they are suffects. Then there's the issue that outside of Italy proper no inscription has been found with a date after AD 153 that references suffect consuls, & none in Italy outside of Rome after 175. (The chancery is known to have dated military diplomas in reference to suffect consuls until 206.) Finally, the letter-forms in this inscription seem unusual for the period -- especially the "M"s & "A"s, although this might just be an idiosyncrasy of the engraver or the person who wrote the inscription. Therefore, while it's likely they are a 2nd-century pair, I'd say from the first half of the century. It also doesn't help that when I looked up CIL X, 6785 in the Epigraphik-Datenbank Clauss / Slaby EDCS website, there is no evidence anyone has studied this inscription; none of its links offer a date for the inscription -- which one or more often do. Schuermans appears to have been the last person to offer a comment on this inscription! I'll need to research this pair further. -- llywrch (talk) 21:22, 24 April 2017 (UTC)

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Publius Silius[edit]

Obviously, this can refer to Publius Silius Nerva and often does, as in the inscription cited at Camunni, which prompted me to make the redirect. Srnec (talk) 03:31, 8 September 2017 (UTC)

Yes, it could. I'll concede that. But it also could not refer to his father, & by making it into a redirect any possibility of discussing P. Silius goes away. So they should be different articles -- although the ambiguity should be noted. -- llywrch (talk) 05:03, 8 September 2017 (UTC)
You should revert your deletion, since the article was not PROD'd and it did not meet a criterion for speedy deletion. Then you can PROD it or turn it into a dab page, or create an article on the younger P. Silius. Srnec (talk) 13:59, 8 September 2017 (UTC)
Obviously by deleting this redirect -- which are cheap -- offended you. I apologize for that. It was never my intention. But frankly, creating a redirect between P. Silius & his father was a mistake. It misleads the reader to confuse the two people -- who are clearly different people. Which is why I created Publius Silius. I don't know how much time you spent on your arguments to restore this redirect, but it took me 20 minutes to hammer out that article, which includes a headnote directing people to his father. Which is what should have happened in the first place. -- llywrch (talk) 06:38, 10 September 2017 (UTC)
So just restore the deleted edit. Apologies are what's cheap.
As to the correctness of my edit, you say "creating a redirect between P. Silius & his father was a mistake". But you cannot distinguish between P. Silius and his father so easily, since his father was also P. Silius. That's the point. Nobody doubts that they are different people. But they have (at least partially) the same name. As stated, I created the redirect without checking "what links here" because of the usage in Cassius Dio and a quick Google search returning nothing but Nerva after a search for P. Silius. My edit was entirely reasonable. Please restore it. Srnec (talk) 23:24, 11 September 2017 (UTC)
You'd prefer a redirect to an article? You are too obsessed about getting your way for your own good. -- llywrch (talk) 23:44, 11 September 2017 (UTC)
That's not what I said. The article should exist, no question. I want my edit restored to the edit history since it was very inappropriately deleted. Why is this problematic? Srnec (talk) 02:15, 12 September 2017 (UTC)
As an aside, drop the lecturing tone about my use of my time and my own good. You're the one who is out of line here and spent 20 minutes whipping up an article to paste over your screw-up before another admin reversed you. Srnec (talk) 02:18, 12 September 2017 (UTC)

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I am completing this process as you typed the above. And I can complete it quicker without notes like this. Thank you. -- llywrch (talk) 18:50, 22 September 2017 (UTC)
Just wanted to make sure you were aware; people often stick the tag on and forget to finish it. Sorry about the stuff about unregistereds; I've really got to make a version of the canned template for experienced editors. ansh666 20:25, 22 September 2017 (UTC)
No harm, now. At the time I was trying to walk thru the steps of nominating two articles at a time, & feeling frustrated. I nominate articles to AfD so seldomly each time I feel as if I'm doing it for the first time. I hope I wasn't too verbose in my explanation about why the articles should be deleted. (And I'm not the only one who can see what a swamp 2nd century Roman history is.) -- llywrch (talk) 21:54, 22 September 2017 (UTC)
Yeah, it's a horribly complicated process, unfortunately. Looks good though now! Cheers, ansh666 22:52, 22 September 2017 (UTC)

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As I said at WP:AN, I expected I would make some mistakes in closing. ;-) llywrch (talk) 17:43, 13 December 2017 (UTC)

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Decimus Fonteius Fronto: Consul in 161?[edit]

Hi, Llywrch! Ran across this inscription while adding the Petellii to gens Petillia, and tried to date it: CIL VIII, 18065. If I read it correctly, it's dated to the third consulship of Marcus Aurelius, i.e. AD 161. Fronto is listed as consul designatus, but he wasn't on the list of Roman consuls, or the list of consuls designate. Checking the list of undated consuls, he's listed as circa 151. Not sure what the basis for that year is, although you might be. But if my understanding of the inscription is correct, it strongly suggests that Fronto was consul designatus—and probably consul shortly thereafter, since he's listed as an undated consul, not a designate—in 161. Does this give us a firm date? P Aculeius (talk) 15:20, 23 December 2017 (UTC)

@P Aculeius: There's a couple of issues here. One (which I found after looking over List of undated Roman consuls), is that there are two entries for Decimus Fonteius Fronto: one with the date "Between 149 and 151" & the other "c. 151". One of those needs to be removed. (And I wouldn't be surprised if there are a few more duplicates lurking there.) The other is that the name in CIL VIII, 18065 is of "Decimus Fonteius Frontonianus" -- an easy mistake to make. (In his book, Alföldy criticizes another scholar for confusing those same two names.) So there is a mistake there, just not the one you thought. -- llywrch (talk) 08:23, 24 December 2017 (UTC)
Ah, yes, I noticed the difference yesterday while checking to see if you'd replied to this. Unfortunately, I can't really consult Alföldy. Not only don't I have access to his work, but since it's written in German, I probably wouldn't benefit much from it if I did. I hesitatingly head to Google Translate when I need to unravel something in PW! It's better at German than Latin, but I can usually figure out some of the Latin without help. Well, assuming that Fronto and Frontinianus aren't the same person, I guess we have another designatus. P Aculeius (talk) 14:07, 24 December 2017 (UTC)
Well, the point of my mentioning Alföldy was to assure you that I wasn't insulting you by pointing out they are two different, although very similar, names. (If an expert makes the same mistake, then we amateurs shouldn't be too harsh on ourselves.) As for PW, I find that its greatest usefulness lie in (1) providing citations to the primary sources that I would otherwise easily miss, & (2) sometimes confirming that I have found all of the information available about a given personage. The last is sometimes not as comforting as it might seem: learning that all we know about a given consul is a name & a date undercuts all enthusiasm for writing an article. On a related note, one of my chief complaints of other language Wikipedias is that far too often an article will be little more than a translation of an older version of the English Wikipedia -- which I find disappointing when I know there are better & more recent experts writing in that language on that topic, & those Wikipedians would be doing a better service mining those secondary sources than simply repeating what is in en.wikipedia. -- llywrch (talk) 22:47, 24 December 2017 (UTC)
Oh, of course, I didn't think you were trying to insult me! You're the expert in this field, and have access to sources that aren't very useful to me, by comparison. I did find an interesting article on JSTOR called, "D Fonteius Fronto: Proconsul (of Asia)" by a certain Decimus Franciscius. It's just two pages, and it makes the case for Fronto being a different person than Frontinianus, although I'm still analyzing the implications. I note, however, that there are abundant inscriptions referring to Frontinianus in the Clauss-Slaby database, and I'm not finding any for Fronto (if you haven't noticed, although I expect you have, you get different, often helpful results if you put the name into the ablative, especially for consuls). Which is not to say that they're the same person and that French is mistaken. Given what I know about Roman naming practices, I'd say that "Frontinianus" was likely the son of a "Fronto". In any case, do you agree that Frontinianus would probably need to be added to the list of designates for 161 (or c. 161)? P Aculeius (talk) 14:00, 25 December 2017 (UTC)
Hmm. What I overlooked the first time I looked thru my sources was that while Alföldy states Frontinianus was consul in 162 (held in absentia because he was otherwise attested as still governor in Numidia), & he should have been included in the list, at least one later source doesn't list him as consul that year. I'm wondering if someone between 1977 (when Alföldy wrote his prosopographical book) & now found evidence that he wasn't consul that year. And this means I should check the entries I took from Alföldy once again & make sure I didn't omit any other names he offers as consuls.

Anyway, Frontinianus needs an entry somewhere. I'm not sure what the criteria is to put people on the "undated consuls" list vs. the "designated consuls" list. This is something I've been wondering about for a while, since I've stumbled over a few other designated consuls. Maybe the latter list is for people who were selected to be consuls, but for some reason did not actually hold the fasces. In any case, feel free to add him to the most appropriate of the two lists. -- llywrch (talk) 01:02, 27 December 2017 (UTC)

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Fasti Capitolini (new article)[edit]

Making good on my plans, I finally devoted today to creating a separate article for the Capitoline Fasti, after spending much of yesterday filling in the tables. They could stand to be better, although I generally like the layout and appearance of the tables. Wish it were easier to set the spacing vertically. Wonder if you could have a look at the article. I know I can be a little precious about my prose (sorry), but I'd like to know if it seems decently written, sourced, and (most importantly) useful. Considering the hours I spent on the tables, I hope it is! I know it overlaps the list of consuls, but my goal was to make the source inscriptions more accessible for easy reference, and I'd like to do something similar with the Ostienses and the minor fasti (possibly combining the shorter ones). I suspect my discussion of the historicity of the Fasti isn't the strongest, and is likely to generate disagreements with the Forsythians. Can you think of any obvious improvements to the structure of the article, or its appearance? P Aculeius (talk) 04:48, 27 January 2018 (UTC)

@P Aculeius: Well, this is definitely a needed article; good work. I've been meaning to write something like this for a long while. And it well organized, & competently written. That said, I do have some comments (& thus reveal why I've delayed in writing this & other articles myself.)
  • I think you worry too much about "the Forsythians". Somehow Gary Forsythe has acquired a menacing reputation with you, as well as a lot more influence than you think. (Drummond is far more of a "hyper-critical" scholar, & champions some theories I find unconvincing.) I haven't looked at Forsythe's book in months, but IIRC his primary, if only, criticism of the FC is that he believes Livy provides a better version of the consular lists. And you must admit it is lacunose & later than the other three important versions.
  • The article would benefit from some more recent sources. Three that I thought of were:
All should be available thru JSTOR. If you still don't have access to JSTOR, email me & I'll send you pdfs.
  • Isn't the latest edition of the FC the one Attilio Degrassi produced? I wish either we had someone who was competent in Italian to help us access his work, or someone on it.wikipedia who was actively using his work. There have been more than a few times I've needed to know what is in his publications.
  • I wonder if having a transcript of the Fasti Capitolini is justified including in a Wikipedia article. After all, there is an English translation from an unidentified edition at attilus.org. If so, in my opinion it might fit better on la.wikisource -- if such a thing exists. Andrew Dalby might know the answer.
  • On the other hand, AFAIK there is no copy of the Fasti Ostiensis on the Internet, so a transcript of that somewhere would be a good thing. (The version at the Epigraphik Databank is barely useable in the form provided, although better than nothing.) The copy I've been using was edited by Ladislav Vidman (which is entirely in Latin; it's exotic to read a book in Latin published in the last quarter of the 20th century), although I know a more recent edition was published in Italian.
Hope my comments help. Otherwise again, good work. -- llywrch (talk) 18:56, 27 January 2018 (UTC)
Thanks for the lookover, Llywrch! This transcription is in fact based on the CS Databank version, so it should be the latest available. I plan to do the Ostienses as well, but think I'll start with the Fasti Triumphales first. That probably won't take nearly as much work as this one did, so I might be on the Ostienses by next week. I don't have open JSTOR access, but I do have an account and can check out three things at a time. That might be enough, provided I don't need to consult anything else I don't have for a while! In either case, I'll gladly modify what I wrote to take advantage of the newer publications. Once again, thanks for looking over this for me! P Aculeius (talk) 19:06, 27 January 2018 (UTC)
Very useful article. Surprising that it didn't exist before!
To answer the question above, yes, there is a Latin Wikisource, though I don't work on it myself. I don't see a copy of the Fasti Capitolini on it. Andrew Dalby 15:10, 28 January 2018 (UTC)
Well, it takes a lot of patience to transcribe stuff like this into a table! But I'd rather keep it here, where it's more likely to be found, and included in the article about the subject. Working on the Triumphales since yesterday; should be just a little longer, and then I can start on the Ostienses. Llywrch's work on the main list of consuls is very helpful for ensuring I have people under the correct years, since that's often difficult to tell from the original inscriptions. P Aculeius (talk) 17:43, 28 January 2018 (UTC)
Did the Triumphales the day before yesterday, cleaned up a bit yesterday, but still need to check out those sources you mentioned. Finished transcribing the Ostienses, but would appreciate an opinion on the format I used (in my main sandbox) before I add them to the article. I thought about a side-by-side format like in the list of Roman consuls, which would probably have been more faithful to the original, but possibly would have created unnecessary ambiguity, so I put each magistrate on a separate line. Did something similar with the notes section, which was basically anything in the inscription other than the magistrates themselves, using the line breaks from the original, but that makes some of these rather long. Not sure if I treated missing lines/gaps well. Also considered putting date references for consules suffecti in another column, or with the magistracies, by just making that column wider. Would that be better than including them with the magistrates? It might be clearer in cases where multiple suffecti took office at the same time, but is that enough to justify the additional clutter? Let me know if you have any thoughts. P Aculeius (talk) 04:26, 1 February 2018 (UTC)
Edit: after trying a few ideas I came up with what I think is a good result. Could use some help translating the notes column into readable English, if you know someone who could help with that. Posted in the existing article, which I've revised a bit. P Aculeius (talk) 16:51, 2 February 2018 (UTC)

Moving Roman gentes[edit]

Sorry to keep posting here, but a new problem has reared its head. As you probably recall, we had a problem at one point with people moving these articles to the bare nomen, on the grounds that (gens) was unnecessary disambiguation, even though the bare nomen would invariably refer to individual women for many gentes (theoretically almost all of them). This would make the names of these articles completely unpredictable; users wouldn't be able to guess what to type in for the gens, or whether the nomen led to a page about a person, a gens, or in some cases to other things (towns, institutions, spiders, butterflies). The solution to this seemed to be to title the articles without parentheses, since the word "gens" is usually attached and often included in references to the topic.

Since the most recent kerfuffle, it's apparent that all gens articles should eventually be moved to this style, and all new articles have been written with it for the last several weeks. This is all the more important as we now have other wikipundits insisting that parentheses are the least preferable form of disambiguation. So the new style deflects both groups and is still a natural naming style. Articles that already have the new style shouldn't be moved to the old style; old articles should be moved to the new and better style. That may take a while, and right now I'm focusing on making sure existing articles are written in the proper format, but we should get to that. I urge you not to move the newer articles back to the old style, which is just going to leave them vulnerable to unnecessary criticism from the wikipundits. P Aculeius (talk) 00:35, 6 February 2018 (UTC)

@P Aculeius:Ugh. I hadn't heard there was a "kerfuffle" or other discussion on the matter. (Some people need to spend more time turning those stubs into full-length articles.) I was simply going on the fact most of the articles I'd seen used the style "(gens)" -- which works for me -- & the articles ought to be consistent. (I'll admit it's not the style I'd pick, but it's good enough & not worth quibbling over.) But I'll stop. -- llywrch (talk) 00:57, 6 February 2018 (UTC)

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