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Michael Maas
Professor
William Gaines Twyman Professor of History
 
e-mail:maas@rice.edu
 
  • B.A. Cornell University, 1973
  • M.A. UC-Berkeley, 1975
  • Ph.D. UC-Berkeley, 1982
 
Primary Department
   Department of History
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Department Affiliations
 
  • Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations
  • Department of Classical and European Studies
  • Medieval and Early Modern Studies
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    Research Areas
     classical Greek and Roman history, late antiquity, Byzantium
     

    classical Greek and Roman history, Late Antiquity, Byzantium

     

    Roman Imperial Ethnography and the End of Antiquity: in progress

     
    Teaching Areas
     same
     
    Selected Publications
     Abstracts
     

    B.Levack, E. Muir, M. Maas, M. Veldman "The West. Encounters and Transformations. CONDENSED VERSION."  (2006)

     
     

    B.Levack, E. Muir, M. Maas, M. Veldman "The West. Encounters and Transformations. CONDENSED VERSION."  (2006)

     
     

    B.Levack, E. Muir, M. Maas, M. Veldman "The West. Encounters and Transformations. CONDENSED VERSION."  (2006)

     
     Refereed articles
     ¿Strabo and Procopius: Classical Geography for a Christian Empire,¿ in Festschrift for Averil Cameron, ed. Hagit Amirav and Bas ter Haar Romeny (Brill, 2006 forthcoming)
     
     ¿Strabo and Procopius: Classical Geography for a Christian Empire,¿ in Festschrift for Averil Cameron, ed. Hagit Amirav and Bas ter Haar Romeny (Brill, 2006 forthcoming)
     
     ¿Strabo and Procopius: Classical Geography for a Christian Empire,¿ in Festschrift for Averil Cameron, ed. Hagit Amirav and Bas ter Haar Romeny (Brill, 2006 forthcoming)
     
     Articles
     

    Michael Maas ""Las guerras de Justiniano en Occidente y la idea de restauración." Desperta Ferro, 18 (2013) : 7-10.." 

     
     "Strabo and Procopius:Classical Geography for a Christian Empire," in From Rome to Constantinople. Studies in Honour of Averil Cameron, ed. H. Amirav and B.ter Haar Romeny [Late Antique History and REligion 1] (Peeters Publishers, 2007) 67-83
     
     Books
     

    Michael Maas and Nicola Di Cosmo "Eurasian Empires in Late Antiquity: Rome, China, Iran, and the Steppe, ca. 250 -750 CE, with Nicola Di Cosmo (Cambridge University Press).." In Progress

     
     

    Michael Maas, ed., The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Attila (Cambridge: CUP, 2015). 

     
     

    Michael Maas, editor and contributor. "The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Attila. Cambridge University Press (2014, in press)." In Press

     
     

    Maas, Michael. Readings in Late Antiquity. A Sourcebook. Second edition (expanded). London: Routledge, 2010.

     
     

    B. Levack, E. Muir, M. Maas, M.Veldman "The West. Encounters and Transformations, second edition.."  (2006)

     
     

    B. Levack, E. Muir, M. Maas, M.Veldman "The West. Encounters and Transformations, second edition.."  (2006)

     
     

    B. Levack, E. Muir, M. Maas, M.Veldman "The West. Encounters and Transformations, second edition.."  (2006)

     
     

    Michael Maas, Brian Levack, Meredith Veldman, Edward Muir "The West:Encounters and Transformations." 2004 (2004) : 999.

     
     

    Michael Maas "Exegesis and Empire in the Early Byzantine Mediterranean. Junillus Africanus and the Instituta Regularia Divinae Legis. With a translation of the text by M. Maas and a contribution by Edward G. Mathews, Jr.." Studien und Texte zu Antike und Christentum, 17 (2003) : 280.

     
     

    Michael Maas, Brian LEvack, Edward Muir, Meredith Veldman "The West. Encounters and Transformations."  (2003) : ca 1700 pages.

     
     

    Maas, M. "Exegesis and Empire in the Early Byzantine Mediterranean. A Study of the 'Instituta Divinae Legis' of Junillus Africanus."  (In press) In Press

     
     

    Michael Maas, Brian Levack, Edward Muir and Meredith Veldman, eds. "Encountering Western Civilization."  (In press) In Press

     
     

    with Edward G. Mathews "Empire and Exegesis in the Early Byzantine Mediteranean. Junillus Africanus and the Instituta Regularia Divinae Legis." : ca 300.

     
     

    Michael R. Maas "Readings in Late Antiquity: A Sourcebook." 

     
     

    Michael Maas "A Historical Study of Junillus Africanus' Instituta Regularia Divinae Legis with Translation and Commentary." 

     
     

    Michael Maas "Readings in Late Antiquity. A Sourcebook." 

     
     

    Michael Maas "The Conqueror's Gift. Ethnography, identity, and Roman Imperial Power at the End of Antiquity." 

     
     

    "No Title." 

     
     Editor of books
     

    The Centro at Fifty. The History of the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies, 1965-2015, ed. Mary T. Boatwright, Michael Maas, and Corb Smith (Durham NC: Centro Press, 2015).

     
     

    "Violence in Late Antiquity. Perceptions and Practices."  (2006) : 395.

     
     

    "Roman Questions, Byzantine Answers: Contours of the Age of Justinian." The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Justinian (New York) : 626.

     
     

    Michael Maas and 19 others "The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Justinian."  (2004/5) : 626.In Press

     
     Book chapters
     

    Michael Maas " “The Equality of Empires: Procopius on Adoption and Guardianship across Imperial Borders,” ."  Motions of Late Antiquity. Studies in Honour of Peter Brown (forthcoming, 2016).In Press

     
     

     

    Michael Maas, “Backdrop to Exile: Imperial Perspectives on the World’s Communities in the Age of Justinian,” in Movilidad forzada entre la Antigȕedad Clásica y Tardía, ed. M. Vallejo Girves et al., (2015) 161-176.

     
     

    Michael Maas, "Reversals of Fortune: An Overview of the Age of Attila," (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015).

     
     

    Michael Maas, "The Shaping Hand of the Environment: Three Phases in Classical Antiquity," in Aspects of Ancient Institutions and Geography. Studies in Honor of Richard J. A. Talbert (Leiden: Brill, 2015) 333-346.

     
     

    Michael Maas ""Sharing the Byzantine Legacy,” Preface to The Three Works of Ioannes Lydus , four vols., text and translation by Anastasius Bandy, ed. Dr. Craig J. N. de Paulo (Edward Mellen Press, ." 

     
     

    Michael Maas "(Michael Maas with Derek Ruths), “Road Connectivity and the Structure of Ancient Empires: a Case Study from Late Antiquity,” in Highways, Byways, and Road Systems in the Pre-Modern World, ed. Susan Alcock, John Bodel, and Richard Talbert (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012) pp.255-264.." 

     
     

    Michael Maas "Reversals of Fortune: An Overview of the Age of Attila." The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Attila (2014) : 1-33.In Press

     
     

    “Sharing the Byzantine Legacy,” Preface to The Three Works of Ioannes Lydus , four vols., text and translation by Anastasius Bandy, ed. Dr. Craig J. N. de Paulo (Edward Mellen Press, 2013), xv-xxvi.

     
     

     “The Equality of Empires: Procopius on Adoption and Guardianship across Imperial Borders,” in            Festschrift for Peter Brown (forthcoming)

     
     

    “Barbarians in Late Antiquity. Problems and Approaches,” in The Oxford Handbook of Late Antiquity, ed. Scott Fitzgerald Johnson (2012) pp. 60-91

     
     

    “The Shaping Hand of the Environment: Three Phases of Development in Classical Antiquity,” in            Festschrift for [temporarily secret until publication]

     
     

    "Delivered from Their Ancient Customs: Christianity and the Question of Cultural Change in Early Byzantine Ethnography." Conversion in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages (Rochester, NY) In Press

     
     

    "Strabo and Procopius: Classical Geography for a Christian Empire." Festschrift for Averil Cameron (The Netherlands) In Press

     
     

    Michael Maas ""Roman Questions, Byzantine Answers: Contours of the Age of Justinian"." : 1-27.In Press

     
     

    Michael Maas "" 'Delivered from Their Ancient Customs': Christianity and the Question of Cultural Change in Early Byzantine Ethnography," in Conversion in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages. Seeing and Believing. ed. Kenneth Mills and Anthony Grafton."  (2003) : 152-188.

     
     

    Maas, M. "Delivered From Their Ancient Customs: Christianity and the Question of Cultural Change in Early Byzantine Ethnography." Conversion in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, Anthony Grafton and Kenneth Mills, eds. (In press) In Press

     
     Book reviews
     

    Review of Greg Woolf, Tales of the Barbarians. Ethnography and Empire in the Roman West (Wiley-Blackwell 2011) in The Classical Review (2013), 527-529.

     
     

    Review of Peter Sarris, Empires of Faith. The Fall of Rome to the Rise of Islam, 500-700 (Oxford University Press, 2012) in Speculum (2013), 845-847.

     
     

    Anthony Kaldellis "Procopius of Caesarea." The Historian

     
     

    Michael Maas ""Review of the Cambridge Ancient History vol. XIV: Late Antiquity. Empire and Successors A.D. 425-600."." Journal of Roman Studies (2004) In Press

     
     

    Michael Maas "Review of Brian Croke, Count Marcellinus and his History, ( Oxford, OPU. 2000)." Speculum, October, 2003 (2003) : haven't seen the volume yet.

     
     

    Maas, M. "Cameron, Averil, Bryan Ward-Perkins and Michael Whitby, eds. The Cambridge Ancient History, vol. XIV: Late Antiquity: Empire and Successors, A.D. 425-600."  (In press) In Press

     
     

    Maas, M. "Croke, Brian. Count Marcellinus and His Historian."  (In press) In Press

     
     Other
     

    Michael Maas ""'Delivered from their Ancient Customs' : Christianity and the Question of Cultural Change in Early Byzantine Ethnography."." Conversion in Late Antiquty, ed. Anthony Grafton and Kenneth Mills (PRinceton University Press and Brepols Press, forthcoming) (in production)

     
     

    Michael Maas ""Mores et Moenia: Ethnography and the Decline of Urban Constitutional Autonomy in Late Antiquity."." Integration and Authority in the Early Middle Ages, ed. Walter Pohl (Vienna: Oesterreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 2001).

     
     

    Michael Maas ""People and identity in Roman Antioch," in Antioch: The Lost City ed. C.Kondoleon (Princeton University Press and the Worcester Art Museum,2000) 13-21.." 

     
     

    Arthur M. Eckstein and James M. Brooks, eds. "Ethan Edwards between Ethnography and Epic: The Liminal Hero and John Ford's Saga of American Civilization." The Searchers: John Ford's Classis Western after Forty Years (forthcoming)

     
     

    Averil Cameron, Lawrence I. Conrad, and Geoffrey King, eds. "Terms of Inclusion: Christianity and Classical Ethnography from Justinian to Heraclius." The Byzantine and Early Islamic Near East 4: Patterns of Communal Identity in the Late Antique and Early Islamic Near East (forthcoming)

     
     

    C. Kondoleon, ed. "People and Identity in Roman Antioch." Antioch: the Lost City (2000)

     
     

    Walter Pohl, ed. "Mores et Moenia: Ethnography and the Decline of Urban Constitutional Autonomy in Late Antiquity." Integration and Authority in the Early Middle Ages (forthcoming)

     
     

    Michael Maas "Ethan Edwards between Ethnography and Epic." The Searchers: John Ford's Classic WEstern after Forty Years (1999 (Pending))

     
     

    Michael Maas "Ethnography." Guide to the Late Antique World, ed. oGrabar, G.Bowersock, P. Brown (1999)

     
     

    Michael Maas "Mores et Moenia: Ethnography and the Decline of Urban Constitutional Autonomy in LAte Antiquity." Oesterreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften (1999)

     
    Presentations
     Invited Papers
     

    Michael Maas, "Imperial Ethnography and Diplomacy in Late Antiquity: the View from the Hippodrome of Constantinople, " University of Maryland, Oct. 2, 2014.

     
     

    "“ From Anacharsis to the Avars: Roman Views on Migration and the Eurasian Steppe in Historical  Perspective,”." Conference : Worlds in Motion: Rome, China, and the Eurasian Steppe in Late Antiquity, ca.250-750 CE. Institute for Advanced Study and Rice University, IAS, Princeton, NJ. (May 30, 2013)

     
     

    “Environment, Empire, and the Character of Human Communities: Sixth Century Perspectives on the      Greco-Roman Tradition,” Workshop on Environment and Empire at the Transition from Antiquity to the Middle Ages, Mount Holyoke College, April 14, 2012.

     
     

    “Human Communities between Heaven and Earth: The Christian Reception of Astral and

      Environmental Determinism in the Early Middle Ages,” at Conference Ethnicity and Christian Discourse in the Early Middle Ages Vienna, June 18-19, 2012.

     

     
     

    “All Roads Lead to Rome: a New Approach to the Study of the Imperial Road System,” American Academy in Rome Summer Program in Archaeology, Rome, July, 5, 2010 (with Derek Ruths).

     
     

    ""Did Empires Get Better at Ruling in Antiquity?"." Institute for Advanced Study. Empire Seminar, Princeton, NJ. (May 22, 2003)

     
     

    ""The Emperor Who Never Slept: Justinian I and the Challenges and Contradictions of his Reign"." The First Flowering of Byzantium. Humanities West, San Francisco. (April 12, 2003)

     
     Invited Talks
     

    "Justinian and Italy," NEH Summer Seminar on "The Falls of Rome," American Academy in Rome, July 27, 2010.

     
     

    “The Mediterranean in Late Antiquity: Summary and Conclusions” at the Colloquium “The Mediterranean in Late Antiquity,” Wolfson College, Oxford University, May 15, 2010.

     
     Keynote Speaker
     

    "“Justinian’s Map: Imperial Perspectives on the World’s Communities at the End of Antiquity”." Seminario Internacional “Exiliados y desterrados en el Mediterráneo”, Alcalá de Henares. (Sept. 19-20, 2013)

     
     Lectures
     

    “A Forgotten Ethnography: the Story of Astral and Environmental Determinism in Late Antiquity.”

                Oxford Colloquium in Late Antiquity, Trinity College, Oxford University, May 13, 2010.

     
     

    "Explaining the Impossible: The Sack of Rome in 410 A.D.." Rice Univ. Alumni College, Houston. (April 6, 2002)

     
     Other
     

    ""Barbarians in Some Respect: Christianity and the Issue of Cultural Change in Late Antique Ethnography." Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies. Conference on Conversion in Late Antiquity., Princeton University. (October 20, 2000)

     
     

    ""From Ethnography to Epic: John Ford's The Searchers and the Saga of the American West.." Claremont McKenna College, Department of History., Claremont, CA. (December 7, 2000)

     
     

    "Byzantine Exegesis in Early Medieval Europe : The Legacy of Junillus Africanus." The Medival Seminar, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, Princeton, NJ. (Jan. 16, 2001)

     
     

    "Ethnography and Empire in Late Antquity." Duke university Department of Classical Studies, Durham, NC. (April 6, 2001)

     
     

    "ethnicity in the ancient world:classical background of modern prolems." national humanities center lecture, Illinois Wesleyan University. (april 12, 1999)

     
     

    "Cities, Identities, and Identifications in Late Antiquity." Integration und herrschaft im Fruehmittelalter. Oesterreichischem Akademie der Wissenschaften Forschungstelle fuer Geschichte des Mittelalters, Vienna, Austria. (March 28, 1998)

     
    Editorial Positions
     Editor, The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Attila. Cambridge University Press. (2012 - 2012)

     Editor in Chief, Series Editor, Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Symposia and Colloquia. Harvard University Press/Dumbarton Oaks. (2015 - 2016)

     Editor in Chief, Editor, Dumbarton Oaks Papers. Harvard University Press/Dumbarton Oaks. (2015 - 2016)

    Supervised Theses & Dissertations
     Giuseppe Ricci, PhD “Nomads in Late Antiquity: Gazing on Rome from the Steppe, Attila to Asparuch.”. (2015) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Michael Domeracki, PhD Paul Remembered: Social Memories of Paul and Christian Self-Definition in the Second Century. (2015) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Giuseppe Ricci, PhD “Nomads in Late Antiquity: Gazing on Rome from the Steppe, Attila to Asparuch.”. (2016) (Thesis Committee Member)

    Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
     Dumbarton Oaks Fellowship in Byzantine Studies, Dumbarton Oaks Research Center, Harvard University (Sept. 2014-May, 2015)

     National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Seminar Co-Director, American Academy in Rome, (Summer, 2012), NEH (June-July, 2012)

     Member, Research Team, Universidad de Alcala, Madrid, "Banizhed and Exiled in the Mediterranean", Ministry of Education, Spain (begins 2012)

     George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching, Rice University, 2011, Rice University (May, 2011)

     Visiting Member, Institute for Advanced Study, School of Historical STudies, Princeton, NJ, IAS (May, June, 2011)

     Peden Senior Fellow, Trinity College, Cambridge University. 2009-1010. , Cambridge University (2010 summer)

     Teaching Ancient Rome: City and Empire, Rice, CITI Innovation Grant (Computer and Information Technology Institute) (2004)

     Professor-in-Charge, Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies (AY 2005/6)

     A.G.Leventis Foundation Grant, A.G.Leventis Foundation (2004)

     Sarofim Distinguished Teaching Professor, 2003-2004), Rice University (AY 2003-04)

     Sabbatical Fellow, American Philosophical Society (Spring, 2001)

     School of Historical Studies Member, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (Spring 2001)

     Governing Board Member, Byzantine Studies Conference

     Member Governing Board, Byzantine Studies Conference

     President, Byzantine Studies Conference

     President, Byzantine Studies Conference

     NEH Summer Seminar Award; American Academy in Rome: Representing Geography and Community in the World of Imperial Rome, National Endowent for the Humanities (for Summer, 2000)

    Residencies & Summer Festivals
     Residency
     National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Seminar Co-Director, American Academy in Rome, (Summer, 2012). Co directed NEH Summer Seminar at the American Academy in Rome for 15 professors and one graduate student., Rome. (June 25-July-31, 2012)
    Juries
     Jury
     American Research Center in Sofia, Fellowship committee. (2013)
     Chair, Classical Jury, Rome Prize, American Academy in Rome (2012-2013). The Jury chooses winners of the Prix de Rome at the American Academy in Rome., final interviews and decisions: NYC. (2012-2013)
    Positions Held
     Vice-Chair, Managing Committee, American Research Center in Sofia (, American Research Center in Sofia, Bulgaria. (2011 - 2011)

     Head of Managing Committee, Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome, Intercollegiate Center for Clasical Studies in Rome. (2011 - 2011)

     MEmber of the Advisory Council, American Academy in Rome (Classical Studies), American Academy in Rome. (2011 - 2011)

     Member, Advisory Council of the American Academy in Rome, American Academy in Rome. (2012 - 2012)

     William Gaines Twyman Chair in History, 2016, Rice University. (2015 - 2015)

     Chair of the Ancient Studies/Clasics Jury, Prix de Rome, American Academy in Rome. (2012 - 2012)

     Head of the Managing Committee, Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome, Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome. (2012 - 2012)

     Vice Chair, Managing Committee. American Rsearch Center in Sofia, American Research Center (ARCS) in Sofia. (2012 - 2012)

     Director of Byzantine Studies, Dumbarton Oaks Research Center and Library, Harvard University, Harvard University. (2015 - 2016)

     Juror, Prix de Rome, Classical Field, American Academy in Rome, American Academy in Rome. (2011 - 2011)