David M. Robinson

Born in New York City in 1880, David M. Robinson received his A.B. degree in 1898 and his Ph.D. in 1904 from the University of Chicago. After serving as head of the Classics Department at Illinois College in Urbana from 1904-05, Robinson spent the majority of his career at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Considered a globally influential figure in the field of Archaeology, Robinson conducted artifact excavations, unearthing ancient Greek artifacts in Corinth (1902-1903) and Sardis (1910). In 1924, he directed the excavation of Pisidian Antioch and Sizma for the University of Michigan. His greatest archaeological achievement was the discovery and excavation of the ancient city of Olynthus from 1928 through 1938. Throughout his career, Robinson was widely published in archaeology, as well as Greek and Roman literature, history, and linguistics.

In 1947, he retired from Johns Hopkins and accepted a position as professor at the University of Mississippi, where he taught for ten years. Robinson passed away in 1958, leaving behind a wealth of published research and a unique collection of Greek and Roman antiquities.

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