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, 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 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. 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

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Team Members

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.

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.

Having always been fascinated with the past and growing up with a family who loved history, I found myself drawn to the world of Ancient History. My day job is travel photographer and currently I'm travelling Australia (and beyond!) in a self-renovated 1982' ex school bus.

Jade Koekoe
Jade Koekoe Blog Editor

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

Jade is blog editor for Ancient History Encyclopedia, a librarian and intern at Melbourne Museum. Jade has an avid interest in Roman and Greek architecture and ancient Middle-East cultures.

Jade always wanted to be a librarian, because librarians manage information and make information accessible. She believes it is particularly important to preserve our cultural 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

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 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 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.

Sheila K. Hoffman
Sheila K. Hoffman Video Presenter

Ph.D. Art History, Sorbonne
Ph.D. Museology, Heritage and Cultural Mediation, UQAM
MA Art History; BA Poli Sci/ French

Formerly a museum curator, Hoffman is now a dual doctoral candidate at the Sorbonne and the University of Quebec where she researches the digitization of cultural objects. She is currently one of Canada’s prestigious Vanier Graduate Scholars.

I am particularly interested in ancient symbols and my love for them has taken me around the world studying symbols whose meaning has crossed millennia, integrating into our written languages and our artistic traditions. I have particularly concentrated on Indo-European symbols, tracing them across antiquity, but have also actively researched ancient symbols on the American continents. My current studies in the digitisation of cultural objects is, for me, the next step in finding new patterns of meaning and development across epochs, cultures, and languages.

Trevor Wallace
Trevor Wallace Video Presenter

Masters of Education, Boston University, 2015
Bachelors of Liberal Arts, Sarah Lawrence College, 2013

I believe that wisdom is intelligence in context. Traveling to 7 continents before I turned 21 connected me with the history of many different cultures totally redefining how I look at the world and our historical context.

Trevor Wallace Trevor Wallace is an explorer, artist, and filmmaker originally from San Anselmo, CA. Trained in human geography, conservation, and ethnographic filmmaking, Trevor has combined multiple disciplines to document a constantly changing and complex world. Born with a strong wanderlust, Trevor was able to travel to seven continents before the age of 21 through personal fundraising, grants, and scholarships. Trevor has built an expertise at shooting and conducting research in a variety of environments by connecting with individuals and communities.

Trevor believes that ancient history is important because it broadens our perspective on where we are in space and time. It shows us our commonalities with our ancient forbearers and the universals of the human identity. At the same time it shows us how much we have developed as a species and how we have become such a diverse and complex mix of cultures around the world.

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 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.

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.

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin Contributor

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

Board-certified consultant neurologist 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 artefacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Dana Murray
Dana Murray Contributor

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

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

Past Preservers
Past Preservers Contributor

pastpreservers.com

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

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.

Jade Koekoe
Jade Koekoe Blog Editor

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

Jade is blog editor for Ancient History Encyclopedia, a librarian and intern at Melbourne Museum. Jade has an avid interest in Roman and Greek architecture and ancient Middle-East cultures.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.