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MILETUS
Overview of Ancient and Late
Modern Architecture
History of the Miletus
Miletus is an ancient Greek city
on the Western coast of
Anatolia, near the mouth of
River Maeander.
Named Miletus after a place in Crete.
The ruins are located
near the modern town of
Balat in Aydin province,
Turkey.
Legend has it that an influx of Cretans
occurred displacing the indigenous
Leleges.
The Carians arrived here in the late
Bronze Age, 13th Century BC, and the
Greeks arrived later that century.
Evidence of first
settlement is inaccessible
due to the rise in sea level
and deposition of
sediments from the
Maeander.
Considered the greatest Greek
metropolis with 90 colonies.
Was the wealthiest Greece city before
the Persian invasion in the mid 6th
century BC.
The city rebelled against the
Hittite Empire and was destroyed
after the empire fall in the 12th
century BC.
Starting 1000 BC the city was
resettled extensively by the Ionic
Greeks.
Ruins of the Miletus
Biography of the
Architect
Name: Hippodamus of Miletus
Son of Euryphon
Born: 498 BC in Miletus
Died: 408 BC
Hippodamus was:
An ancient Greek Architect
Urban-planner
Mathematician
Meteorologist
Philosopher
Physician
Projects Undertaken by Hippodamus
Miletus
Piraeus town in Athens
Thurii (Thourioi) in Italy
Olynthus city in Greece
Priene city in Greece
Asian Minor(Anatolia)
New city of Rhodes in Greece
Piraeus Town
Located in Athens
Constructed around 470 BC
Hippodamus planned and arranged the town.
Thurii (Thourioi)
Constructed in Italy in 443 BC
Hippodamus accompanied the
colony of Arthenians as
architect though not in the
sense of building designer.
Olynthus
Built on two flat-topped
hills 30-40m high
The city was re-settled
in the 7th Century BC
Priene
Constructed 1000 BC
and later reconstructed
within the 4th Century
BC
Shifted its location
severally due to a series
of earthquakes
experienced.
New city of Rhodes
Located on an Island
Formed by three
cities of Ialyssos,
Kamirus and Lindos
in 408 BC
Asia Minor ( Anatolia)
It is a Peninsula
Founded from around 475
BC
Significance
Marked the origin of Greek philosophical
and scientific tradition in explaining
natural phenomena.
Brought order and regularity in the
construction industry.
Brought about the idea of the Ideal city
which through Aristotle’s writings
influenced later thinkers.
Design approach/style
represented by Miletus
Geometrical clarity
Social order
Regularity
Employ grid patterns
Simplicity
Acknowledgement
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Google.
Research compiled by:
DAVID JOEL MUMO
B02/0889/2013