Board of Directors
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."
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.
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.
MA Philosophy, University of York
BA Politics (1st), University of Teesside
Mark studied ancient Greek philosophy but has since widened his interests to more general Greek history and the ancient Americas. 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.'
Preface to Bleak House
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.
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, but other interests include Old Comedy, and more generally, classical 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 new role of Social Media Assistant he will help to make the ancient world accessible through the use of the free internet. James' main studies revolve around ancient Greek music, mythology, and comedy (literary and visual). 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, and was involved with social media and community outreach. In his spare time James enjoys playing bassoon and conducting.
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 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 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.
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.