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Isidore of Miletus

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(fl. C6).

Greek architect, engineer, geometer, and universal man, he worked with Anthemios of Tralles on the design and construction of the great Byzantine Church of Hagia Sophia (Holy Wisdom), Constantinople (532–7). They may also have worked on the Church of the Holy Apostles, Constantinople (c. 536–550—destroyed), the model for the Church of San Marco, Venice (begun 1063). When the dome of Hagia Sophia collapsed in 558, it was rebuilt to a modified design by Isidorus the Younger, also from Miletus, probably the elder man's nephew.

Krautheimer (1986);Mango (1972, 1986);D. Watkin (1986)

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