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, 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, 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."

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. His published fiction includes `When There Were Trees', `Black Rose', `The Last Chance', and `Asking for Life' among other stories in print and on-line. His non-fiction has also appeared in the magazines Celtic Guide, Ancient Planet Online Journal, and Timeless Travels writing on Scotland, Mesopotamia, and Ireland. Mark is a part-time philosophy professor and writing tutor at Marist College where he is a past 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 the Minoans, 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

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 is well travelled, having lived in numerous countries all over the world.

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.

Jade Koekoe
Jade Koekoe Blog Editor

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

Jade is the editor of Ancient History et cetera (blog of AHE). She is an aspiring Librarian with an avid interest in Roman and Greek architecture, which has bloomed into an fascination of all the Ancient world.

Jade is studying to become a librarian (Curtin University, Western Australia) because she loves the idea of sharing and preserving our cultural information for everyday use and future generations. Jade became involved with AHE because she believes they share a mutual purpose, sharing and preserving culture.

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

James Lloyd
James Lloyd Video Editor

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

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 mythology, religion, and ancient art and archaeology. He plans to really challenge his understanding of these topics during his MA, and hopes to pursue a PhD afterwards. A self-confessed philhellene, James keeps at least one eye on the Roman pie. He acted as Archaeological Assistant at the Romano-British site of Ipplepen in 2014,where he was involved with social media and community outreach. In his spare time James enjoys playing bassoon and conducting.

Karen Barrett-Wilt
Karen Barrett-Wilt Encyclopedia Curator

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

Karen is a freelance editor and writer who studied Islamic and Ancient Near Eastern Art and Architecture in graduate school and has remained fascinated with these subjects ever since. She also confounds family and friends with her passion for editing.

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 Business Advisor

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.

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.

Milad Alshomary
Milad Alshomary Web Developer

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.

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.

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

Donald teaches Ancient, Medieval and U.S. History at Lincoln College (Normal, Illinois). He 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.

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.

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.

Muhammad Bin Naveed
Muhammad Bin Naveed

B.Arch (Architecture) from National College of Arts, Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

MSc. Arch (Archaeology) from Taxila Institute of

Architect and Archaeologist

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.

Ronnie Jones III
Ronnie Jones III

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.

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

Jason Moser
Jason Moser Developer

BS Mathematics, University of Maryland Baltimore County

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.

Past Preservers
Past Preservers

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

Touraj Daryaee
Touraj Daryaee

Ph.D. 1999 History, UCLA