Maria Nezbeda recieved her MA in History at Vienna University in 2013. During her studies she worked on barbarian topoi and the function/position of barbarians in the Roman army. Her current research focuses on the transformation of the Roman world and the role of ethnicity and identity in Late Antiquity and Early Middle Ages. For her PhD thesis she focuses on the depiction of kinship between peoples as well as on ethnic terminology in late antique historiography. The emphasis of her interest is on Jordanes‘ Getica (mid 6th century) since this text provides a wide range of conceptions for development and versatility of (ethnic) groups. Her PhD thesis also contains a detailled study on the use and meaning of gens, populus and natio in Jordanes‘ Getica.