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‚Äôs 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.