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Vitruvius ( vi-TROO-vee-əs, Latin: [wɪˈtruːwi.ʊs]; c. 80–70 BC – after c. 15 BC) was a Roman architect and engineer during the 1st century BC, known for his multi-volume work titled De architectura. As the only treatise on architecture to survive from antiquity, it has been regarded since the Renaissance as the first book on architectural theory, as well as a major source on the canon of classical architecture. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Vitruvius has received more than 2,005,985 page views. His biography is available in 74 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 70 in 2019). Vitruvius is the 5th most popular architect, the 67th most popular biography from Italy (down from 56th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Italian Architect.

Vitruvius is most famous for his book, De Architectura, which is a text on architecture. Vitruvius is also famous for being the architect of the temple of Jupiter in Rome.

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Among architects, Vitruvius ranks 5 out of 424Before him are Antoni Gaudí, Le Corbusier, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, and Imhotep. After him are Mimar Sinan, Filippo Brunelleschi, Alvar Aalto, Albert Speer, Donato Bramante, Leon Battista Alberti, and Andrea Palladio.

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Among people born in 75 BC, Vitruvius ranks 1After him are Emperor Yuan of Han and Publius Cornelius Lentulus Spinther. Among people deceased in 15 BC, Vitruvius ranks 1After him is Lucius Munatius Plancus.

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Vitruvius ranks 67 out of 4,668Before him are Umberto Eco (1932), Guglielmo Marconi (1874), Vespasian (9), Antonio Stradivari (1644), Benedict of Nursia (480), and Luciano Pavarotti (1935). After him are Giacomo Casanova (1725), Pope Pius XI (1857), Saint Valentine (226), Pope Sylvester I (300), Amedeo Modigliani (1884), and Pope Gregory XIII (1502).


Among architects born in Italy, Vitruvius ranks 2Before him are Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598). After him are Filippo Brunelleschi (1377), Donato Bramante (1443), Leon Battista Alberti (1404), Andrea Palladio (1508), Renzo Piano (1937), Giacomo Barozzi da Vignola (1507), Richard Rogers (1933), Michelozzo (1396), Giacomo della Porta (1533), and Aldo Rossi (1931).