ROBINSON, David Moore

Biographical Information

Born 21 Sept. 1880, Auburn, NY, to Wil-lard Haskell & Ella Moore R.
Died 2 Jan. 1958, Oxford, MI.
Married Helen Haskell, 31 Aug. 1910.


Study at Polytechnic Inst. (Brooklyn, NY), 1890-4; A.B. U. Chicago, 1898; Ph.D., 1904; study at ASCSA, 1901-3; fell., 1902-3; study at Halle, 1902; Berlin, 1903-4; Bonn, 1909; LL.D Jamestown Coll., 1915; L.H.D. Trinity Coll. (Hartford, CT), 1925; Litt.D. Syracuse, 1933; Ph.D. Salonica, Greece, 1951.

Professional Experience

Asst. prof. Gk & head class, dept. Illinois Coll., 1904-5; asso. to asso. prof, class, arch. Johns Hopkins, 1905-12; prof. Gk. arch. & epig., 1912-3; prof, class, arch. & epig., 1913-20; W. H. Collins Vickers prof. arch. & epig., 1920-47; memb. acad. counc, 1931, 1932, 1935-40, 1943-7; lctr. Gk. lit., 1915-47; chair Lat. dept., 1944-5; res. prof, class, 1947-8; prof, class. & arch. U. Mississippi, 1948-58; actng. dir. & prof. Gk. lang. & lit. ASCSA, 1909-10; prof. Gk. & arch. & librarian, 1946-7; lctr. Bryn Mawr, 1911-2; prof. Gk. Notre Dame Coll. (MD), 1921-35; dir. of excavations at Pisidian Antioch & Sizma for U. of Michigan, 1924; Charles Eliot Norton lctr. AIA, 1924, 1925, 1928, 1929; Harry Wilson lctr., 1935-6; dir. excavations, Olynthus, 1928-38; C.L. Moore lctr. Trinity Coll. (CT), 1925; lctr. in fine arts, New York U., 1926-31; asso. ed., CW, 1913-36; AJP 1920-58; Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum, 1923-8; ed.-in-chief, Art & Archaeology, 1914-8; asso. ed., 1918-34; ed. Johns Hopkins Studies in Archaeology (40 vols.); ed. with G. D. Hadzsits, Our Debt to Greece and Rome series (45 vols.); fell. AAAS; chair, advisory counc, ASCSR, 1920-1; pres. CAAS, 1920-1; mem. APhS; AAAS; Arch. Soc, Greece; Germ. Arch. Inst.; Royal Numism. Soc. Eng.


"Ancient Sinope, An Historical Account with a Prosopographia Sinopensis and an Appendix of Inscriptions" (Chicago, 1904); printed AJP 27 (1905) 125-53; AJA 9 (1905) 245-79, 294-333.


"Inscriptions from the Cyrenaica," AJA 17 (1913) 157-200, 504-5; "The Deeds of Augustus as Recorded on the Monumentum Antiochenum," AJP 48 (1923) 1-54, repr. (Baltimore, 1926); The Songs of Sappho, with M. M. Miller (Lexington, KY, 1925); Sappho and Her Influence (New York, 1924); The Greek Idylls, Theocritus, Bion, Moschus, with M. M. Miller (Lexington, KY, 1926); "Roman Sculptures from Colonia Caesarea (Pisidian Antioch)," Art Bulletin 9 (1926) 5-69, repr. (Baltimore, 1926); Greek and Latin Inscriptions from Asia Minor (Middletown, CT, 1926); Greek and Latin Inscriptions of Sardis, with W. H. Buckler (Leiden, 1932); A Catalogue of the Greek Vases in the Royal Ontario Museum of Archaeology, Toronto, 2 vols. (Toronto, 1930); Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, The Robinson Collection, fasc. 1 (Cambridge, 1934), fasc. 2 (1937), fasc. 3 (1938); A Short History of Greece (New York, 1936); Pindar, a Poet of Eternal Ideas (Baltimore, 1936); A Study of Greek Love-Names, Including a Discussion of Paederasty and a Prosopographia, with E. J. Pluck (Baltimore, 1937); "Olynthos," RE 18,1 (1942) 325-42; America in Greece: A Traditional Policy (New York, 1948); A Hoard of Silver Coins of Carystus, Numismatic Notes & Monographs 124 (New York, 1952); "Unpublished Greek Gold Jewelry and Gems," AJA 57 (1953) 5-19.The first report on the Olynthus excavation appeared in AJA 33 (1929) 53-76 and subsequent volumes continue to be cited by Roman numeral through vol. XIV (1952); vol. II: Architecture and Sculpture (1930); vol. Ill: Coins of Olynthus (1931); vol. IV: Terra Cottas of Olynthus found in 1928 (1931); vol. V: Mosaics, Vases and Lamps of Olynthus (1933); vol. VI: The Coins found at Olynthus in 1931 (1933); vol. VII: The Terra Cottas found at Olynthus in 1931 (1933); vol. VIII: The Hellenic House (with J. W. Graham) (1938); vol. IX: The Chalcidic Mint and the Excavation Coins (with P. Clement) (1938); vol. X: Metal and Miscellaneous Minor Funds (1941); vol. XI: Necrolynthia, A Study of Greek Burial Customs (1942); vol. XII: Domestic and Public Architecture (1946); vol. XIII: Vases found at Olynthus (1934, 1938, 1950); vol. XIV: Terracottas, Lamps, Coins (1952).Festschrift: Studies Presented to David Moore Robinson on His Seventieth Birthday, ed. G. E. Mylonas & D. Raymond, 2 vols. (St. Louis, 1951-3).


David Robinson was preeminent as a teacher, a lecturer, a writer, and a field archaeologist. He knew and gave instruction in all phases of classical archaeology: topography, architecture, sculpture, vases, epigraphy, numismatics, etc., but, as lecturer in Greek literature, he also gave courses in Aeschylus, Apollonius of Rhodes, and Plato, "with an emphasis which was literary rather than philological in the strictest sense. He also sometimes gave instruction in spoken modern Greek during the spring for students planning to go to Greece in the summer. He trained and directed the dissertations of a large number of graduate students, of whom not a few have themselves achieved professional distinction. Their names with their dissertation titles, and also those of students who received master's degrees under his direction, are listed in the first volume of Studies Presented to David Moore Robinson. A bibliography of his numerous scholarly publications (generally omitting newspaper and popular magazine articles) from 1904 to 1950 also appears in volume 1 of Studies. The number of reviews listed in his bibliography exceeds 240.His activity as a field archaeologist began early. He was on the excavation staff at Corinth in 1902 and at Sardis in 1910, and in 1924 he directed the excavation of Pisidian Antioch and Sizma for the University of Michigan. His greatest claim to fame as an excavator, however, was his work at Olynthus on the Chalcidic peninsula. On the basis of his knowledge of the destruction of Olynthus by Philip the Second of Macedonia in 348 B.C., he located the site and excavated it during the course of four campaigns extending from 1928 to 1938. The reports on these excavations, which make up 14 volumes and extend into 1952, were written partly with the help of his students who assisted in the excavations. His wife accompanied him on his Olynthiac expeditions.


Sources Wills, CW 59 (1963-4) 143-4; WhAm 3:734-5.
Author James W. Poultney