Team

Board of Directors

James Blake Wiener
James Blake Wiener Communications Director

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

James is a writer, editor, public speaker, and public relations professional who is interested in cross-cultural exchange and world history. He connects AHE'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, public speaker, 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 dedicated 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."

Jan van der Crabben
Jan van der Crabben CEO & Founder

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

Trained as a journalist and war scholar, Jan combined his passion for ancient history with editorial & programming skills to create Ancient History Encyclopedia. He is now CEO of this non-profit company and makes historical strategy games in his day job.

Jan is the founder, CEO, lead programmer, and editor-in-chief of Ancient History Encyclopedia. He's had a passion for ancient history for over a decade, ever since reading Herodotus after school.

With a background in journalism, war studies, and self-taught programming, Jan decided to start Ancient History Encyclopedia after his first ancient-related project, The Ancient Mediterranean Mod for Civilization III & IV became popular. It all started with a searchable and tagged timeline, and the rest is history.

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

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

A freelance writer and part-time Professor of Philosophy at Marist College, New York, Joshua J. Mark has lived in Greece and Germany and traveled through Egypt. He teaches ancient history, writing, literature, and philosophy.

Joshua J. Mark is a freelance writer and scholar who has lived in Greece and Germany, traveled through Egypt, and presently lives in upstate New York with his family. He is co-founder, editor, and a director of Ancient History Encyclopedia. He has published short fiction through various literary journals/magazines (Writes for All, Five Stop Story, Pagan Friends, etc) and non-fiction through Celtic Guide, History Ireland, Litro, and Timeless Travels, among others. Mark is a part-time philosophy professor and writing tutor at Marist College and recipient of the Faculty of the Year Award and the Special Services Award of Merit.

Mark Cartwright
Mark Cartwright Publishing Director

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

Mark holds an M.A. in Greek philosophy and his special interests include ceramics, the ancient Americas, and world mythology. He loves visiting and reading about historic sites and transforming that experience into free articles accessible 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, Mesoamerica, and ancient Andean cultures. He is also interested in ancient pottery and what these everyday objects can reveal about past lives and traditions. Having lived in France and the Czech Republic, been a frequent visitor to Greece, and now based in Italy, 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.


'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

Join me here:

Team Members

Amanda Iliadis
Amanda Iliadis Associate Video Editor

BA History (hons), Minor in curatorial studies/art history (Undertaking)-Ryerson University.

Amanda is attending Ryerson University for a BA in history (hons) and a minor in curatorial studies. She is aiming to specialise in the ancient near eastern world and strives to learn about ancient history while spreading her knowledge any way she can!

Amanda is a Bachelor of Arts honours history student minoring in curatorial studies/art history at Ryerson University, with a special interest in the ancient world. Her aim is to specialise in ancient Near Eastern studies (ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia) with a focus on religion, art and linguistics. She will be content in this field regardless if she ends up working as an archivist, curator, museum tour guide, researcher, archaeologist, professor, or all of the above!

She has an intermediate reading knowledge of Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs of the middle and new kingdoms but is constantly working to learn new languages and improve her linguistic skills.

Her other interests include travelling (especially to ancient ruins), visiting museums, reading world mythology and classics, listening to oldies, and spending time with her family when she gets the chance.

Above all, she will strive to spread her knowledge of the ancient world in any way she can!

Caroline Cervera
Caroline Cervera Associate Blog Editor

BA International Affairs, Minors in History and Art History (undertaking) - Northeastern University

Caroline is an Associate Blog Editor for Ancient History Encyclopedia and a student at Northeastern University. She is passionate about studying ancient history and preserving it for future generations.

Ever since she was a small child, Caroline has been captivated by the ancient world. She has worked in museums in Hawai’i and Boston with collections ranging from ancient Mesopotamia to the remote Polynesian island of Tikopia. She is interested in the ancient Near East, archaeology, and writing and is pursuing a career that allows her to combine these interests. Apart from ancient history, she is also interested in the classical guitar, the history of rock music, and learning languages.

Cristian Violatti
Cristian Violatti Editor

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

Cristian Violatti is a freelance writer, currently studying Archaeology at the University of Leicester, England. He is a regular contributor and one of the editors of Ancient History Encyclopedia.

Cristian Violatti is a freelance writer and one of the editors of Ancient History Encyclopedia. He is currently studying Archaeology at the University of Leicester, England. Cristian has a broad spectrum of interest including ancient scripts and languages, archaeological and anthropological theories of ethnicity and its markers, Asian culture, military history, world mythology, philosophy and prehistory, among other topics.

In his pursuit of knowledge of the ancient world, Cristian has visited several ancient sites all over the world ranging from Lumbini and Kapilavastu in Nepal to Pompeii and Paestum in Italy, fuelling his interest for mankind's cultural heritage.

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.

Ibolya Horvath
Ibolya Horvath Editor

BA Archaeology, University of Leicester (undertaking)
BA Economics, Media Management, Budapest Business School

After years in publishing, Ibolya is currently studying Archaeology at the University of Leicester. Passionate about Roman military history with particular interest in the cultural impact of Roman conquest in the provinces.

Ibolya studied Media Management and has years of publishing and editorial experience. However, she has been fascinated with ancient history ever since reading the introductory story, a piece from Roman mythology, in her first history book. Being already very well-read on the subject, she recently decided to pursue her life-long passion by studying Archaeology. She believes in the freedom of knowledge and shares Ancient History Encyclopedia's vision of making it accessible and interesting for everyone.

Jade Koekoe
Jade Koekoe Blog Editor

BA Librarianship and Corporate Information Management (Undertaking)
Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design

Jade is Chief Blog Editor for Ancient History Encyclopedia and a Librarian. Jade has an avid interest in Roman and Greek architecture and ancient Middle-Eastern cultures.

Jade always wanted to be a librarian... or curator or archaeologist. She believes it is important to preserve our cultural treasures and information for future generations, while also making it accessible for everyday use. Jade became involved with Ancient History Encyclopedia because they share a mutual goal of making information, ancient history information, accessible to everyone on the internet.

After completing her librarianship degree, Jade hopes to break into the world of Museums by finding work with online collections and digitisation projects.

James Lloyd
James Lloyd Video Editor

PhD Classics, University of Reading and Exeter (Undertaking)
MA Classics and Ancient History, University of Exeter
BA (Hons)

James' main area of research is ancient Greek music, but he has general interests in mythology, religion, and art & archaeology. A self-confessed philhellene, James keeps at least one eye on the Roman pie.

James has been involved with AHE since 2012 and he hopes that in his role as Video Editor he will help to make the ancient world accessible through the use of, you guessed it, videos, both by hunting down some of the best on the web and by creating his own. James' main area of interest is ancient Greek music, but he has general interests in Sparta, and ancient art and archaeology. He is currently undertaking his Phd in Classics, funded by the SWW-DTP, at the University of Reading, with the working title: 'Music and Ritual in Ancient Sparta: the lead votive figurines of the Sanctuary of Artemis Orthia.' He acted as Archaeological Assistant at the Romano-British site of Ipplepen in 2014, where he was involved with social media and community outreach.

Liana Miate
Liana Miate Social Media Editor

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.

Milad Alshomary
Milad Alshomary Programmer

BSc Software Engineering, Damascus University

Milad is in love with data mining and search. Reading about history and mythology is his favorite pastime and inspiration.

Software Engineer graduated from Damascus University, currently working in Jordan.
In the last 3 years, I gained work experience in web development, mobile applications, and search/recommendation systems.
Reading about ancient history and mythology is my favorite pastime. I was always amazed by the first ancient communities and their mythology - namely myths of Origin and Creation. I find it especially interesting to study the similarities that different ancient communities shared in their beliefs about Creation.

William Brown
William Brown Review Manager

B.A. Northwest University, Cum Laude Graduate
M.A. University of Chicago (enrolled)

After graduating Cum Laude with BA in Biblical Literature, William Brown now runs The Biblical Review, acts as the Review Manager for Ancient History Encyclopedia, and is enrolled at the University of Chicago for his MA.

I attended Northwest University and graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Biblical Literature. After graduating, I began to take interest the whole ancient world, especially the ancient Near East. Study of the ancient Near East, along with the rich cultures and human traditions it encompasses, elucidate the breadth of human experience and present complex dynamics of how we relate to each other. These very dynamics are important to understanding our identities as human beings in this day and age.

So, I began blogging extensively and reviewing books for publishers like Oxford, Yale, and Mohr Siebeck on my blog called The Biblical Review. While I am not blogging or reading, I spend time with my wife who is a student at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts or I am working at Trader Joe's as a crew member.

This September, I will begin my M.A. at the University of Chicago.

Key Contributors

Mark Cartwright
Mark Cartwright Publishing Director

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

Mark holds an M.A. in Greek philosophy and his special interests include ceramics, the ancient Americas, and world mythology. He loves visiting and reading about historic sites and transforming that experience into free articles accessible to all.

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin Contributor

MBChB, MD, MRCP, FCCP, FACP, FAHA, FRCP(Glasgow), FRCP(Edinburgh), FRCP(Ireland), FRCP(London)

Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm is very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

Jan van der Crabben
Jan van der Crabben CEO & Founder

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

Trained as a journalist and war scholar, Jan combined his passion for ancient history with editorial & programming skills to create Ancient History Encyclopedia. He is now CEO of this non-profit company and makes historical strategy games in his day job.

Carole Raddato
Carole Raddato Contributor

followinghadrian.com

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

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

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

A freelance writer and part-time Professor of Philosophy at Marist College, New York, Joshua J. Mark has lived in Greece and Germany and traveled through Egypt. He teaches ancient history, writing, literature, and philosophy.

James Blake Wiener
James Blake Wiener Communications Director

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

James is a writer, editor, public speaker, and public relations professional who is interested in cross-cultural exchange and world history. He connects AHE's vast audience to talented professionals in academia, the museum sector, and the creative arts.

Cristian Violatti
Cristian Violatti Editor

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

Cristian Violatti is a freelance writer, currently studying Archaeology at the University of Leicester, England. He is a regular contributor and one of the editors of Ancient History Encyclopedia.

John Horgan
John Horgan Contributor

Doctor of Arts in World History (St. John's University, New York)

Master of Arts in History (Marquette University, Wisconsin

Currently an Assistant Professor of History at Concordia University-Wisconsin in the United States.

Karen Barrett-Wilt
Karen Barrett-Wilt Editor

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

Karen is an editorial coordinator and freelance editor who studied Islamic and Ancient Near Eastern Art and Architecture in graduate school and remains fascinated with them. She also confounds family and friends with her passion for editing.

Ibolya Horvath
Ibolya Horvath Editor

BA Archaeology, University of Leicester (undertaking)
BA Economics, Media Management, Budapest Business School

After years in publishing, Ibolya is currently studying Archaeology at the University of Leicester. Passionate about Roman military history with particular interest in the cultural impact of Roman conquest in the provinces.

James Lloyd
James Lloyd Video Editor

PhD Classics, University of Reading and Exeter (Undertaking)
MA Classics and Ancient History, University of Exeter
BA (Hons)

James' main area of research is ancient Greek music, but he has general interests in mythology, religion, and art & archaeology. A self-confessed philhellene, James keeps at least one eye on the Roman pie.

Donald L. Wasson
Donald L. Wasson Contributor

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

Donald has taught Ancient, Medieval and U.S. History at Lincoln College (Normal, Illinois)and has always been and will always be a student of history, ever since learning about Alexander the Great. He is eager to pass knowledge on to his students.

Amanda Iliadis
Amanda Iliadis Associate Video Editor

BA History (hons), Minor in curatorial studies/art history (Undertaking)-Ryerson University.

Amanda is attending Ryerson University for a BA in history (hons) and a minor in curatorial studies. She is aiming to specialise in the ancient near eastern world and strives to learn about ancient history while spreading her knowledge any way she can!

Emily Mark
Emily Mark Contributor

Degrees Pending

Emily Mark studied history and philosophy at Tianjin University, China and English at SUNY New Paltz, NY. She has published historical essays and poetry. Her travel writing debuts in Timeless Travels Magazine.

Jade Koekoe
Jade Koekoe Blog Editor

BA Librarianship and Corporate Information Management (Undertaking)
Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design

Jade is Chief Blog Editor for Ancient History Encyclopedia and a Librarian. Jade has an avid interest in Roman and Greek architecture and ancient Middle-Eastern cultures.

Anindita Basu
Anindita Basu Contributor

BSc, University of Allahabad, Allahabad, India
MBA, Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, India

Anindita is a technical writer and editor. Her off-work interests include Indology, data visualisation, and etymology.

Jason Moser
Jason Moser Programmer

BS Mathematics, University of Maryland Baltimore County

Programmer and lover of ancient history, with a focus on ancient languages.

Muhammad Bin Naveed
Muhammad Bin Naveed Contributor

BA Architecture, National College of Arts, Rawalpindi, Pakistan
MSc Archaeology, Taxila Institute of Asian Civilizations

I have completed my Masters in Archaeology and Bachelors in Architecture. After completing my Architectural degree I found that I could help in the field of archaeology in Pakistan to virtually preserve the threatened heritage of the country.

Chickasaw.tv
Chickasaw.tv Contributor

www.chickasaw.tv

Watch the Chickasaw story come to life across vibrant HD video channels.

Geoffrey Marchal
Geoffrey Marchal Contributor

PhD, Environmental Science, Aarhus University (Denmark), 2009 – 2012

Degree in secondary school teachers (MEd), Universit

3D scans are a great way to share cultural heritage with the world. I mainly use photogrammetry and Memento beta from Autodesk. I share 3D model through "Scan the world", a MyMiniFactory´s project.

Dana Murray
Dana Murray Contributor

MMSt, UofT (Undertaking)
MA Religion, Carleton University.
HBA Classical Civilizations, UofT

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

Mina Bulic
Mina Bulic Contributor

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.

Dola RC
Dola RC Contributor

BSc (Honours Biological Sciences)
Mass Communication & Journalism (Advanced Diploma)
Fine Arts (Senior Diploma)
Vocal Music

Dola is a writer, trained artist, art and history aficionado. She uses her skills to create engaging stories related to art, architecture, culture and history for online magazine, Lucky Compiler and its blog which she co-owns.

Emma Groeneveld
Emma Groeneveld Contributor

MA Teaching History, University of Utrecht
MA Ancient Studies (Research Master), University of Utrecht
BA History, University

Emma has studied History & Ancient History. She has a special interest in Herodotus and the Persian Wars as well as the juicy politics of ancient - in particular Roman - courts. Prehistory and human evolution are also huge soft spots.

Henry Curtis Pelgrift
Henry Curtis Pelgrift Contributor

MA in Mediterran Archaeology with Merit, University College London
BA in Archaeology, summa cum laude, The George Washington U

Henry Curtis Pelgrift is an archaeologist with 13 excavations over seven seasons under his belt. He has an MA in Mediterranean Archaeology and a BA in Archaeology. He currently interns at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the Arms and Armor Department.

Past Preservers
Past Preservers Contributor

pastpreservers.com

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

Caroline Cervera
Caroline Cervera Associate Blog Editor

BA International Affairs, Minors in History and Art History (undertaking) - Northeastern University

Caroline is an Associate Blog Editor for Ancient History Encyclopedia and a student at Northeastern University. She is passionate about studying ancient history and preserving it for future generations.

Ronnie Jones III
Ronnie Jones III Contributor

BA, History, California Baptist University

In university Ronnie concentrated his studies on the Greco-Roman world while writing his senior thesis on the Reformation. He has studied Koine Greek and Hebrew at the masters level, and is currently studying Turkish.

William Brown
William Brown Review Manager

B.A. Northwest University, Cum Laude Graduate
M.A. University of Chicago (enrolled)

After graduating Cum Laude with BA in Biblical Literature, William Brown now runs The Biblical Review, acts as the Review Manager for Ancient History Encyclopedia, and is enrolled at the University of Chicago for his MA.

Antoine Simonin
Antoine Simonin Contributor

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

Passionate about ancient Central Asia. Maintains the website From Bactria to Taxila. Works in the Europa Barbarorum project.

Francesca Santoro L'hoir
Francesca Santoro L'hoir Contributor

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.

Dominique Chapman
Dominique Chapman Photo Editor

Certificate in Travel Writing and Photography
BA Ancient History at Macquarie University, Sydney (undertaking)

Travel photographer living in Australia, exploring the world with a love of colour and culture. Currently studying a Bachelor of Arts; majoring in Ancient History.

Christopher Planeaux
Christopher Planeaux Contributor

B.A. Ancient Philosophy, Classical Studies (1993)
B.A. Ancient History, Religious Studies (1994)
M.Phil. Greek History (1997)

Lectured in Classical Studies for 15yrs. Published articles on the dramatic settings for Plato's Dialogues & Ancient Greek History. Offered papers at conferences in North America & Great Britain. Area of expertise includes Greek History 600-300 BCE.

John S. Knox
John S. Knox Contributor

PhD in Theology & Religion, University of Birmingham (UK)
MATS in Christian History & Thought, George Fox University
BA in En

John S. Knox, PhD in Theology & Religion (University of Birmingham, UK), is an online instructor of Apologetics & Seminary Studies at Liberty University’s School of Divinity, and the Scholar-In-Residence at The Biblical Studies Center in Boise, ID

Liana Miate
Liana Miate Social Media Editor

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.

Prapti Panda
Prapti Panda Contributor

High School Graduate- with distinction

Prapti has spent years researching pre-Columbian civilizations, especially those in Colombia and Peru. Her work has been published many times and her first book, based on the Chibcha tribes of South America, will be released soon.

Colleen Filipek
Colleen Filipek Contributor

B.A. History, University of Rochester

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

Maisie Jewkes
Maisie Jewkes Contributor

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

Maisie has a passion for ancient history and archaeology. She is currently studying for a degree at the University of Leicester.

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

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

I'm an archaeologist, historian, social critic, teacher, and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. I'm also a bodybuilder and enjoy cooking, globetrotting, exploration, reading, and classic cinema immensely.

Mark Beumer MA
Mark Beumer MA Contributor

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.

Touraj Daryaee
Touraj Daryaee Contributor

Ph.D. 1999 History, UCLA

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