Michael Maas is a historian of the ancient world whose award-winning teaching, research and publications focus primarily on Late Antiquity, the period which the Institute addresses. Notably, his Cambridge Companion to the Age of Attila (2015) casts new light on the integration of the world of the Steppes with European affairs in the course of the fifth century. At present he is completing with our expert visitor Nicola Di Cosmo Empires and Exchanges in Late Antiquity: Rome, China, Iran, and the Steppes, ca.250-750 (forthcoming 2017). For 2015-16 he served as Director of Byzantine Studies at Harvard University’s Dumbarton Oaks Library and Research Center in Washington, DC. Excavating experiences and extensive travel have made him familiar with the landscapes within which the work of our Institute is set.
The World Of Late Antiquity - HIST.308.901
Study of the social, religious, and political history of the Roman world from Diocletian to the rise of Islam, with emphasis on the breaking of the unity of the Mediterranean world and the emergence of early medieval societies in the east and west.