Objective: The main objective of the study is to investigate the intertextual odyssey of de Architectura and its author Vitruvius between Roman Imperial period and early Renaissance. Method: A comparative literature survey was conducted in recently digitized and publicized Roman and Mediaeval manuscripts, contemporary researches, documents and books. Results: de Architectura and Vitruvius had been cited and quoted rhetorically and technically in numerous handwritten manuscripts until early Renaissance. Every copied manuscript including de Architectura and/or its citation granted its survival. Conclusion: Beside its importance for architecture as a discipline, de Architectura has always been a precious source for history and significant reference book for Latin Language studies. Documents crossed with de Architectura and Vitruvius had been the building blocks of western civilization. The recently publicized and accessible documents are considered as an important opportunity and academic motivation for further comparative surveys on de Architectura and Vitruvius.
Keywords: Vitruvius, Roman Imperial Period, Mediaeval Period, Early Renaissance