Marcus Vitruvius Pollio (c. 90 - c. 20 BCE), better known simply as Vitruvius, was a Roman military engineer and architect who wrote De Architectura (On Architecture), a treatise which combines the history of ancient architecture and engineering with the author's personal experience and advice on the subject. As no similar work has survived complete from antiquity, the book has become an invaluable source, not only on Greek and Roman architecture, but also on a wide range of other topics such as philosophy, mathematics, and medicine.

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  • c. 90 BCE - c. 20 BCE
    Life of architect Vitruvius, author of De Architectura.
  • 58 BCE - 51 BCE
    Military engineer and architect Vitruvius accommpanies Julius Caesar on campaign.
  • c. 20 BCE
    Military engineer and architect Vitruvius publishes his "De Architectura".