Hippodamus

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Hippodamus

(hĭpŏd`əməs), fl. 5th cent. B.C., Greek architect, b. Miletus. He was the first to plan cities according to geometric layouts. For Pericles he remodeled Piraeus (the port of Athens). He also planned (408) the city of Rhodes and went with the Athenian colonists to replan (c.440) the new city of Thurii in Italy. Other cities of the ancient world followed his methods.
References in classic literature ?
So the Athenians, when they were founding their model new colony at Thurii, employed Hippodamus of Miletus, whom Aristotle mentions in Book II, as the best expert in town-planning, to plan the streets of the city, and Protagoras as the best expert in law-making, to give the city its laws.
Based on the writings of Aristotle, Hippodamus of Miletus is considered the 'father' of urban planning and the originator of the grid plan, commonly called the 'Hippodamian plan', although there were many grid plan cities built before Hippodamus, and it is widely known that he did not plan the city of Miletus.
The first name that crops up in this field is Hippodamus of Miletus, known as the father of town planning.