Michael R. Maas

Professor of History and Classical Studies

Faculty Affiliate, Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations, Medieval Studies, and Jewish Studies   

Email: maas [] rice.edu Phone: x2264 Office: 306 Humanities


  • Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley, 1982
  • M.A., University of California-Berkeley, 1975
  • B.A. Cornell University, 1973

Areas of Interest

  • Ancient Greece and Rome
  • Late antiquity and early Byzantium

Selected Publications

  • John Lydus and the Roman Past: Antiquarianism and Politics in the Age of Justinian (Routledge, 1992)
  • The West: Encounters and Transformations, with Brian Levack, Edward Muir and Meredith Veldman (Addison Wesley Longman, 2003)
  • Exegesis and Empire in the Early Byzantine Mediterranean. Junillus Africanus and the Instituta Regularia Divinae Legis (Mohr Siebeck 2003)
  • The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Justinian, (ed.) (Cambridge, 2005)
  • Readings in Late Antiquity: A Sourcebook (2nd edition, Routledge, 2010)

Curriculum Vitae

Current  CV