City: A Story of Roman Planning and Construction

Author(s): 
David Macaulay
Copyright: 
1974
Publisher: 
HarperCollins
Binding: 
Sewn Softcover
Number of pages: 
112 pages
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Review: 

Artist, author and scientist David Macaulay presents a fascinating account of the founding, building and development of a fictional Ancient Roman city. Don't be thrown off by the "fictional" part. We don't know this many details of any particular Roman city, so the author has gathered facts and details from various cities and formed them into one complete story. They are carefully researched and accurately portrayed in detailed black and white drawings. The focus is on how the architecture works (Roman Arches, aqueducts, layout, plumbing, etc.) but also covers quite a bit of historical and cultural information. Although the text is geared toward mid to upper grade school, it will be enjoyed by younger children as a read aloud and is suitable for older readers as well.

Additional notes: 

Various editions available

Review Date: 
2-27-01
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