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City: A Story of Roman Planning and Construction Paperback – 22 Feb 1982

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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; Reprint edition (22 Feb. 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0001921436
  • ISBN-13: 978-0001921436
  • Product Dimensions: 29.5 x 22.4 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,796,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"City charts the planning and building of an imaginary Roman city, 'Verbonia.' Macaulay focuses on the achievement of efficient and rational city planning. His brilliantly individualistic drawings capture the essential quality of the Roman character, the ability to organize." School Library Journal, Starred --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A great little book for all those interested in anything to do with Roman lifestyle. Very prompt arrival on my doorstep too.
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Great book. Full of useful illustrations. Very basic but shows how the Romans might have gone about building a city.
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HASH(0x9dcb09d8) out of 5 stars A marvelous book 6 Dec. 2004
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I had the good fortune to receive this book as a gift some twenty years ago as a child. The basic premise is simple enough: these people from another time and country are going to build something, and the book is going to show us how they did it. The text itself, as with many children's books, is relatively simple, but the intricate pen-and-ink drawings are spellbinding. Time and again I would go back to CITY, and pore over the pictures, often discovering some previously-overlooked detail that Macaulay had included.

I highly recommend CITY, and Macaulay's other architectural books, to both children and adults. Most children are inherently curious, and interested in how things are made, why they work, and who made them. Macaulay teaches those things in his books, but more importantly, the books draw the reader in and stimulate the imagination. There's a hands-on history lesson inherent in each of these books, a brief glimpse at other cultures around the globe and in different times. Whether it's ancient Egypt, classical Rome, medieval France, or 18th Century America, the worlds in Macaulay's books are always fascinating to visit.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dcb1cc0) out of 5 stars another great resource from Macaulay 17 Dec. 2002
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David Macaulay's works are always entertaining, educational and literate, and this is no exception. A multitude of black-and-white line drawings illustrate the story of Roman urban planners as they design and construct a new city on the Roman empire's frontier. Every stage is explained thoroughly using text, illustrations and charts, from developing a master plan through construction. Tools are explained, cross-sections are used to good effect and specific projects such as a house, a road, a bridge and aqueduct, the forum and central market, public baths, the sewer system and an amphitheater and theater are represented. The book ends with a one-page glossary. If you or a student you know is interested in Roman engineering, this would be a marvelous book to read.
26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dcb63e4) out of 5 stars It is a facinating format of how the Romans built. 3 Feb. 1998
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This book is extrmely valuable as a beginning to the study of Roman Civil Engineering. The Tool and Material lists are facinating, and the drawings are worth a thousand words. For an advanced study in Roman Civil Engineering this book will go a long way to clearing up the meaning of Wordy text that do not provide illustrations.
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HASH(0x9dcb63cc) out of 5 stars Excellent resource 17 Aug. 2002
By Ruth Ann Stewart - Published on
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As a teacher I constantly seek new resources for the classroom. I teach high school and find this resources reaches all levels. My own college student sat down and devoured this book. You will not be dissappointed as Mr. MacAulay once again dissects the difficult and dry and produces an interesting and accesible resource on Rome.
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HASH(0x9dcb6750) out of 5 stars How Did The Romans Do That? Find out how. 9 Dec. 2000
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Another of a series of books by this author about architecture and building projects through the ages, City brings the reader face to face with the problems, challenges and triumphs of Roman engineering and construction.
The illustrations done in a wonderful pen and ink are as vivid as any photograph could have ever been and may are quite amusing as well as educational and enlightening. The text is explanatory, but not overly detailed and this is by no means a college level treatise on Roman civilization. It is however fun to read and illuminates the practices of the antiquities for younger readers.
Adult readers will enjoy the humor depicted in some of the drawings and the text and illustrations are informative for them as well. This may also be a good book for school rooms where much reference is made to the times of the Roman Empire in general study. It's a worthy addition to any library.
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