Florin Curta is Professor of Medieval History and Archaeology at the University of Florida.
"'This very learned and detailed investigation represents an advance in the field... While the paucity of written (literary and epigraphic) sources is one challenge, Curta introduces much valuable numismatic and sigillographic evidence... There is no comparable book.' (American Historical Review) 'Curta applies his considerable archaeological expertise and historical acumen to questions of ethnic identity, migrations and cultural and economic change in the earlier middle ages. While focusing on Greece, he sets developments within the broader Balkan context, challenging assumptions about Byzantium's 'Dark Ages' and offering an important and original synthesis.' (Jonathan Shepard, retired Lecturer in History, University of Cambridge)"