Board of Directors

Jan van der Crabben
Jan van der Crabben CEO & Founder

MA War Studies, King's College London
BA Journalism, University of East London

Jan founded and manages Ancient History Encyclopedia. He is passionate about inspiring our readers with the stories of the ancient world.

Jan is the founder, director, programmer, and editor-in-chief of Ancient History Encyclopedia. He's had a passion for ancient history for many years. Originally trained as a journalist he now works as a game designer of historical computer games. His game credits include BAFTA-winning Empire: Total War, Napoleon: Total War, Remanum, The Ancient Mediterranean Mod, and the upcoming Rome II: Total War. The idea to launch this site came from the fact that it is hard to find reliable free online information on ancient history. He is not peer reviewing any content himself as he is not a professional historian. As a former journalist he is the guardian of high-quality writing on the site.

Joshua J. Mark
Joshua J. Mark Editor & Member of the Board

MA English, SUNY College New Paltz
BA English/Philosophy, SUNY College New Paltz

Freelance writer and part-time Professor of Philosophy. Courses taught include ancient history, writing, literature, and philosophy.

Joshua J. Mark is a freelance writer and scholar who has lived in Greece and Germany and presently lives in upstate New York, USA, with his family. He is a co-founder of Ancient History Encyclopedia as well as an editor, director, and contributor. His published fiction includes `When There Were Trees' through Writes for All Magazine, `Black Rose' through Infective Ink, `After the Funeral' through Five Stop Story, and `Asking for Life' through Hudson Valley Halloween Magazine as well as other stories in print and on-line. His non-fiction has also appeared in Celtic Guide Magazine, writing on Scotland, and other publications writing on ancient philosophy and history. Mark is a part-time professor and writing tutor at Marist College where he is a past recipient of the Faculty of the Year Award.

James Blake Wiener
James Blake Wiener Communications Director

MA World History, New York University
BA History (Magna cum Laude), New York University

James connects Ancient History Encyclopedia's vast audience to talented professionals in academia, the museum sector, and the creative arts.

James Blake Wiener is a Co-Founder and the Communications Director at the Ancient History Encyclopedia. Trained as a historian and researcher, and previously a professor, James is a writer, editor, and public relations professional who is interested in cross-cultural exchange, world history, and international relations. Committed to fostering increased awareness of the ancient world -- while still retaining his medievalist, early modernist, and Arabist tendencies -- James is committed to excellence in journalism and research. Previously, he co-hosted the Florida Caribe Show on WSLR 96.5 FM in Florida, and his greatest passions are travel and translation. James welcomes you to the Ancient History Encyclopedia and hopes that you find his interviews to be "illuminating."

Mark Cartwright
Mark Cartwright Publishing Director

MA Philosophy, University of York
BA Politics (1st), University of Teesside

Mark loves visiting and reading about historic sites and transforming that experience into free articles acccessible to all.

Mark studied ancient Greek philosophy with a particular focus on Plato but has since widened his interests to include all things ancient Greek. Special interests are the Minoan civilization, 5th century Classical Athens and Mesoamerica. He is also interested in ancient pottery and what these everyday objects can reveal about past lives and traditions. He is a great believer in Jacque-Yves Cousteau’s maxim: Il Faut aller voir - we must go and look for ourselves - and hopes his articles and photos will inspire visitors to AHE to do the same.

To see more of his photos visit his Facebook page: Ancient Art & Architecture.

'I have no need to observe that I do not wilfully or negligently mislead my readers, and that before I wrote that description I took pains to investigate the subject.'
Charles Dickens
Preface to Bleak House

Team Members

Cristian Violatti
Cristian Violatti Editor

BA Archaeology, University of Leicester (Undertaking)
BA Human Resources, Universidad de Morón, Buenos Aires

Cristian Violatti studies Archaeology at the University of Leicester (UK) and he is one of the editors of Ancient History Encyclopedia.

Cristian Violatti is a student of Archaeology at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom. Cristian is well travelled, having lived in numerous countries all over the world. He also specialises in Asian culture. In his pursuit of knowledge of the ancient world, Cristian has visited some ancient cities in South Asia, which includes Lumbini and Kapilavastu in Nepal, fuelling his interest for the cultural heritage of Asia. By exploring new cultures and diversity, Cristian hopes his contributions published in Ancient History Encyclopedia are as enjoyable and interesting to you, as they are to him.

Karen Barrett-Wilt
Karen Barrett-Wilt Encyclopedia Curator

MA History of Art, Indiana University - Bloomington
BA English, Grinnell College

Karen loves learning about continuity with the ancient past and believes in the saying that there's nothing new under the sun.

Karen is a freelance editor, writer, and blogger who studied Islamic and Ancient Near Eastern art and architecture in graduate school and has remained fascinated with these subjects ever since. For her, art and architecture are pathways to learning about history and culture. She is particularly interested in Turkey, where the Ancient Near East meets Byzantium meets Islam, and Ireland, where her roots lie. She also confounds family and friends with her passion for editing.

Kathryn Peyton
Kathryn Peyton Head of Finance

MBA, Haas School, UC Berkeley
BA Political Science, Duke University

Kathryn is a high school teacher of history and economics. She brings a vast array of edu-business experience to AHE.

Kathryn oversees the financial situation of Ancient History Encyclopedia and works on other marketing and curriculum development projects. She is thrilled to have this opportunity to combine her interests in history, teaching/learning and business in such a fun and interesting way. Kathryn is currently a non-profit board member and business consultant in Northern California, but she is most proud of her experience teaching ancient history, economics and business at the high school level in Northern Virginia for almost 10 years, where she was the state Economics Teacher of the Year in 2010. Before becoming a teacher, she held various finance and accounting positions in the Bay Area. She has loved ancient history since her long-ago days in Latin class and the Junior Classical League.

Jason Moser
Jason Moser Developer

BA Linguistics, University of Maryland College Park
BS Mathematics, University of Maryland Baltimore County

Jason is an ancient linguist (Latin, Greek, Akkadian, Sumerian, Egyptian, and Sanskrit) and programmer, working to develop the AHE website.

Jason is a web developer for the Ancient History Encyclopedia striving to add new and cool features to the site and keep it functioning well. Formerly an office worker, he decided to quit and learn web programming skills in order to achieve one of his main goals in life, to create online interactive educational tools for ancient history, particularly ancient languages. Among the ancient languages he has studied are Latin, Ancient Greek, Akkadian, Sumerian, Egyptian, Biblical Hebrew, and Sanskrit. Jason also enjoys Sci-Fi and Heavy Metal music.

Liana Miate
Liana Miate Social Media Assistant

BA Ancient History, Macquarie University, Sydney (Undertaking)

Liana is a student of ancient history, passionate particularly about Rome and Greece, and anything to do with mythology or women.

Liana has always been passionate about ancient history – particularly ancient Rome and Greece, and anything to do with mythology, and the study of women in the ancient world. She is studying ancient history (Greece, Rome and Late Antiquity) at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. She is also interested in writing (screen and creative), and social media, and is currently working as a social media assistant for Ancient History Encyclopedia, where she hopes to attract more people to the fascinating world of ancient history through photos and interesting facts. She believes that many lessons can be learned if people just take the time to look to the past.

Key Contributors

Carole Raddato
Carole Raddato

Carole maintains the popular ancient history photo-blog Following Hadrian, where she travels the world in the footsteps of emperor Hadrian.

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Colleen Filipek
Colleen Filipek

B.A. History, University of Rochester

I am a recently graduated history major with an interest in Ancient History and Civilization.

Dana Murray
Dana Murray

MMSt, University of Toronto (Undertaking)
MA Religion, Carleton University.
HBA Classical Civilizations, University of Toron

Researcher with interest in the art, architecture, mythology and religion of ancient Greece and the Near East.

Donald L. Wasson
Donald L. Wasson

DA History, Illinois State University
MA History, Eastern Illinois University
BS in Education (History), Eastern Illinois Uni

I have always been and will always be a student of history. I try to learn something new every day and pass that on to my students.

Francesca Santoro L'hoir
Francesca Santoro L'hoir

PhD Ancient History
MA Ancient History & Mediterranean Archaeology
BA Classics; BA History

I am a former college professor and Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, 1997.

James Lloyd
James Lloyd

MA Classics and Ancient History, University of Exeter (Undertaking)
BA (Hons) Hellenic Studies with Archaeology (University of

James' main area of research is ancient Greek music, other interests include Old Comedy, and more generally, classical art & archaeology.

Mark Beumer MA
Mark Beumer MA

Master of Arts in History
Master of Arts teaching History and Civics

Ancient historian specialized in early Christianity in the Roman world, Roman imperial cult and Greek democracy.

Mina Bulic
Mina Bulic

Studied Heritage of Europe and the Mediterranean in Koper, Slovenia

Mina is a pan-European lover of photography and art history: She has lived in Serbia, Slovenia, Hungary, Spain, and Germany.

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin FRCP (Glasg)
Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin FRCP (Glasg)

Fellow of the American College of Physicians
Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow

A consultant neurologist and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia.

Past Preservers
Past Preservers

Past Preservers is the creative hub between the heritage and media worlds.

Touraj Daryaee
Touraj Daryaee

Ph.D. 1999 History, UCLA

I am a professor of history and deal with the Iranian world and its languages, religions and culture.

Other Contributors

Antoine Simonin
Antoine Simonin

MA Ancient Times, University of Strasbourg
MA Museology, University of Strasbourg
LP Mediation and Documentation in Digital E

Brittany Garcia
Brittany Garcia

BA Comparative Ancient Civilizations and Classical Studies, University of California Riverside

Irene Fanizza
Irene Fanizza

Surveyor graduate, Cangrande Della Scala's Institute, Verona
BA Archaeology, University of Padua
Currently studying Photograp

Jenni Irving
Jenni Irving

PhD Ancient History, Macquarie University, Sydney
B. Anc. Hist. (Hons), Macquarie University, Sydney

Maisie Jewkes
Maisie Jewkes

Currently studying Archaeology and Ancient History at the University of Leicester.

Paul Joseph De Mola, FRGS
Paul Joseph De Mola, FRGS

Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE)
Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE)
Bachelor of Arts (Hons)
Fellow, Royal Geographi