Ralph Van Deman Magoffin

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Ralph Van Deman Magoffin
Born 1874
Died 1942
Nationality United States
Scientific career
Fields archaeology
Institutions American Academy in Rome; Johns Hopkins University; New York University

Ralph Van Deman Magoffin (1874–1942) was an American Classical scholar and archaeologist.[1]

In 1907 Magoffin was a fellow of the American Academy in Rome,[2] during which time he studied the topography of ancient Praeneste. Magoffin taught Ancient history and Archaeology at Johns Hopkins University. From 1920-1 he was affiliated with the American Academy in Rome in 1920–21 and from 1923 to 1930 served as chair of the Department of Classics at New York University.

Magoffin was the nephew of Esther Boise Van Deman.


  • 1908. A study of the topography and municipal history of Praeneste. (Johns Hopkins University studies in historical and political science, ser. 26., no. 9-10.) Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins Press. Available online at Project Gutenberg.
  • 1929. (with Emily Cleveland Davis). The Romance of Archaeology, formerly Magic Spades.[3]


  1. ^ http://www.florencemuseum.org/news/dr-ralph-van-deman-magoffin/
  2. ^ List of Fellows of the American Academy in Rome 1896–1970
  3. ^ Ralph Van Deman Magoffin; Emily Cleveland Davis (1929). The romance of archaeology, formerly Magic spades. Garden City Pub. Co.

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