Cocceius Auctus

Lucius Cocceius Auctus (1st century BC and 1st century AD)[1] was a Roman architect employed by Octavian's strategist (and intended successor) Agrippa to excavate the subterranean passageways known as the crypta neapolitana connecting modern-day Naples and Pozzuoli and the Grotta di Cocceio, connecting Lake Avernus and Cumae.[2][3][4] Cocceius was responsible for the conversion of the Capitolium in Pozzuoli into a Temple of Augustus with the backing of the merchant Lucius Calpurnius. Cocceius Auctus also built the original Pantheon in Rome.

Temple of Augustus in Pozzuoli

Further readingEdit

  • Adam, Jean-Pierre. La construction romaine (3rd edition), Picard, Paris (France), ISBN 2-7084-0104-1, 1984; pp. 306–307.
  • Lamprecht, Heinz-Otto. Opus Caementitium (4th edition), Beton-Verlag, Düsseldorf (Germany), ISBN 3-7640-0310-3, 1993; pp. 229.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Roger B. Ulrich; Caroline K. Quenemoen (10 October 2013). A Companion to Roman Architecture. John Wiley & Sons. pp. 153–. ISBN 978-1-118-32513-1.
  2. ^ John Peter Oleson (2010). The Oxford Handbook of Engineering and Technology in the Classical World. Oxford University Press. pp. 320–. ISBN 978-0-19-973485-6.
  3. ^ Emilio Bilotta; Alessandro Flora; Stefania Lirer; Carlo Viggiani (3 June 2013). Geotechnics and Heritage: Case Histories. CRC Press. pp. 247–. ISBN 978-1-138-00054-4.
  4. ^ Georgia L. Irby (19 January 2016). A Companion to Science, Technology, and Medicine in Ancient Greece and Rome, 2 Volume Set. John Wiley & Sons. pp. 778–. ISBN 978-1-118-37297-5.