Florin Curta

Office: 202 Keene-Flint Hall
Phone: (352) 273-3367
Fax: (352) 392-6927
Mailing address:
Department of History
University of Florida
P.O. Box 117320
Gainesville, FL 32611-7320

Research interests: Carolingian Europe, medieval Eastern Europe, Byzantium, archaeology, medievalism

Professor Florin Curta researches the written and archaeological evidence of medieval history on the European continent. His recent studies dealt with such diverse topics as ethnicity in medieval archaeology; Carolingian trade in the Adriatic region; linear frontiers in ninth-century Bulgaria and Wessex; the image and archaeology of the Pechenegs; tax and tribute payments in Great Moravia; the perception of the legend of Charlemagne in twelfth- and thirteenth-century East Central Europe; the archaeology of al-Andalus; the relations between elites in the Carpathian Basin and in Lithuania during Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages; the beginning of the Middle Ages in the Balkans; and the role of nineteenth-century Czech nationalism in the establishment of medieval archaeology as an academic discipline in Bulgaria and Russia. An important research theme in his recent work is ethnicity. This is particularly reflected in Professor Curta’s first book, The Making of the Slavs. History and Archaeology of the Lower Danube Region, A.D. 500-700, which was named a 2002 Choice Outstanding Academic Title and won the Herbert Baxter Adams Award of the American Historical Association in 2003. The book was translated into Romanian and Bulgarian, and a a Czech translation is currently in progress. Curta’s second book, Southeastern Europe in the Middle Ages, 500-1250 reflects his interest in the European interaction with the “periphery” and addresses the impact the Carolingian conquest in the late ninth and the Byzantine conquest in the late tenth and early eleventh century both had on creating a constellation of client states, the political and religious identity of which were defined by Carolingian, as well as Byzantine forms of representation. A third book, The Edinburgh History of the Greeks, ca. 500 to 1050. The Early Middle Ages, published in 2011, further explores the relation between the establishment of trans-Mediterranean trade routes and the rise of a landed aristocracy in early medieval Greece. Finally, Text, Context, History, and Archaeology (2009) is a collection of studies on sources, economic structures, power, ethnicity, ritual, and nationalism in medieval archaeology.

Curta has edited four collections of studies: Neglected Barbarians (2011); The Other Europe in the Middle Ages. Avars, Bulgars, Khazars, and Cumans (2007); Borders, Barriers, and Ethnogenesis. Frontiers in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages (2005); and East Central and Eastern Europe in the Early Middle Ages (2005). The latter volume was named a 2006 Choice Outstanding Academic Title. He has also published extensively in such journals as SpeculumEarly Medieval Europe, Dumbarton Oaks Papers, HesperiaViatorHaskins Society JournalAncient West & East, and Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies. He is the editor-in-chief of the Brill series “East Central and Eastern Europe in the Middle Ages, 450-1450,”, as well as a member of the Advisory Board of the Cursor Mundi series of the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Professor Curta is the director of the certificate program in Medieval Archaeology and a founding member of the Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies at the University of Florida.