Presenting this year's Five College Annual Lecture in Late Antiquity is Michael Maas. Michael Maas is the William Gaines Twyman Professor of History at Rice University, where he is the Director of the BA Program in Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations. Last year he was Director in Byzantine Studies at Dumbarton Oaks Research Center and Library. He publishes in the field of Late Antiquity. His most recent book, "The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Attila," appeared in 2015, and currently in production with Cambridge University Press is the co-edited (with Nicola Di Cosmo) volume "Empires and Exchanges in Eurasian Late Antiquity." He is completing a book about late antique ethnography.
The Five College Annual Lecture in Late Antiquity is presented by the Five College Faculty Seminar in Late Antiquity and sponsored by Five Colleges, Inc., Amherst College Religion Department, University of Massachusetts History Department, Mount Holyoke College Religion Department, Smith College History Department, and Smith College Classical Languages and Literatures.