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Noting your tag for more references. I have this on my watchlist. Not saying the article can not be improved, but was there some specific part of the article caught your eye? (A general template is possibly not ideal for an article which already has footnotes and in-line notes?) I own a few of the books needed, so possibly can have a look tomorrow.--Andrew Lancaster (talk) 22:12, 21 May 2016 (UTC)

@Andrew Lancaster:, thank you for responding, and so quickly! I often try to go back to the talk page of an article I tag and explain the reasoning, but had a few hardware issues in the meantime. Specifically, seeing as how Books 1-7 had no citations, I thought the references were a bit lacking; the rest of the citations are confined to the last book, a comparison to more later works (especially Il Principe), and comparative commentary. The latter two are obviously more easily cited, despite the popularity of the foundational work itself. But what initially caught my eye was the unqualified statement, while undoubtedly true:
"That Babylon was conquered on the night of a festival by diverting the Euphrates River from its channel is also stated by Herodotus (1.191). (This is significantly different to the events as they are currently understood.)"
While that's accurate, I think such a statement needs a secondary source, and likely more than one (unless the citation comprehensively addresses exactly that point). I think Gibbon touches on it when discussing Julius Caesar, but since almost the entirety of my personal library is packed away, it wasn't a quick-ish fix for me.
It's not urgent business, especially as many classical articles (especially those on extant literature from antiquity) are lacking citations, and the article might still technically qualify as a stub. But I thought it might benefit from the maintenance tag all the same, as it probably gets a bit more traffic than some others. I know some people find them an eyesore, though.

And thank you, again, for being so generous in offering to do legwork. I find the task of filling in references to existing prose, especially when confined to online research, rather tedious myself (albeit necessary). Quinto Simmaco (talk) 17:58, 22 May 2016 (UTC)

No problem. Keep in mind I am not promising :). Concerning just sourcing the narrative summary I guess that is a job for when someone has time to go through it, but not of the highest priority. That comment about Babylon is well spotted because implies secondary literature. I am aware of the fact that Herodotus tells the story differently, but not of modern secondary commentary. I suppose there must be some! --Andrew Lancaster (talk) 08:35, 23 May 2016 (UTC)
Here is what we have in the specialised article on the same subject: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Opis#Aftermath--Andrew Lancaster (talk) 08:43, 23 May 2016 (UTC)


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The above page was tagged for speedy deletion per WP:CSD#U2 as an user page of a non-existent user. Although the page indicated that it would be for a bot run by you, since you never registered the QuackBot account I went ahead and deleted the page. If you do decide to register the account and want the page back, let me know and I will restore it. Thanks. Grondemar 01:44, 25 December 2016 (UTC)

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Good morning, Quinto. We could really use an Editor who can quickly review the TALK section, determine what the consensus is about the lead, and confirm that to the group debating a few issues.

There was a photo, of an Old Order Mennonite buggy - taken nearby by not right in West Montrose - but after a lot of argument, pro and con, I gave in and deleted that. So ignore any Talk items about that. The only current dispute is about the lead which is really quite brief; you will find a few Talk threads about it.

Here is a summary of the situation as I see it:

This article had not a single citation until March 22, 2017 when I first read it. I added new content and many citations. Now, the argument is about the lead. An editor (who worked on the article extensively prior to March 22) complained about the reliability of the sources; we seemed to get consensus in Talk that they are reliable.

He then objected to the content of the lead - although it was much the same as it was prior to my involvement.

He then said the sources do not support the content of the text. We were waiting for other involved editors to provide their comments about his new objections. He chose not to wait and deleted much of the lead and citations. I reverted that.

Perhaps I am biased but that's the way I see developments. Fresh eyes may help move toward a consensus, one way or the other. Cheers, Peter K Burian (talk) 16:30, 20 April 2017 (UTC)

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Hello again[edit]

It's been a while since we last spoke that one time, and since I noticed you were around again, I thought I would say hello. Feel free to come by again some time and we can catch up. Cheers, SwisterTwister talk 06:24, 11 November 2017 (UTC)

Heya, SwisterTwister! Thank you for the courteous hello. I'll be a little more active on Wikipedia in the next few weeks. While that mainly means mainspace content and copyediting, I'll very likely be dropping by the IRC channels as well. I'd be happy to catch up then. :) (PS, apologies for the old-fashioned ping). Quinto Simmaco (talk) 04:02, 13 November 2017 (UTC)

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