Damascus, Apollodorus of (first half of the 2nd century A.D.)

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Apollodorus of Damascus, Greek architect, lived in the first half of the 2nd century A.D. He was born in Siria, and worked in Rome, especially for the emperor Traian, of whom he was an official architect of military (bridge over Danube, more than 1km long, built between two Dacian campaigns) and civic constructions (Forum of Traian with its Basilica Ulpia (107-113)). At present to him is attributed a number of other works: port of Ostia, project of Traian's arches in Ancona and in Benevento, and construction and carving of Traian's Column.

After the death of Traian, Apollodorus was exiled from Rome, and later sentenced to death, because the new emperor Hadrian saw in him unequal rival as an architect (Hadrian is considered to be the author of all the important constructions erected in the period of his government).

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