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City: A Story of Roman Planning and Construction [Paperback]

By David Macaulay (Author)
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Text and black and white illustrations show how the Romans planned and constructed their cities for the people who lived within them.

Publishers Description
Superb design, magnificent illustrations, and clearly presented information distinguish all of David Macaulay's books. Whether chronicling the monumental achievements of past civilizations or satirizing modern architecture, he is concerned above all in how constructions are made and what their effects are on people and their lives.

Citations And Professional Reviews
City: A Story of Roman Planning and Construction by David Macaulay has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Senior High Core Col - 01/01/2011 page 438
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/1991 page 287
  • Wilson Senior High Core Col - 01/01/1992 page 286
  • Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/1995 page 224
  • Wilson Children's Catalog 96 - 01/01/1996 page 311
  • Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2000 page 223
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2001 page 255
  • Wilson Senior High Core Col - 01/01/2002 page 264
  • Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2005 page 282
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 351
  • Wilson Senior High Core Col - 01/01/2007 page 347
  • Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2009 page 393
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 558

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Graphia
Pages   112
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 9" Height: 12.25"
Weight:   1.05 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 24, 1983
Publisher   Houghton Mifflin
Grade Level  Grade School  
Age  9-12
ISBN  0395349222  
ISBN13  9780395349229  

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Caldecott Medal award winner and MacArthur fellow David Macaulay has illustrated and written over 25 books for children. His most famous work includes The Way Things Work and Cathedral. His illustrations have been featured in popular, nonfiction books combining text and illustrations explaining architecture, design, and engineering.

David Macaulay currently resides in the state of Rhode Island.

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Another great David Macaulay book  Jun 5, 2007
The only reason I gave this book 4 stars rather than 5 is that David Macaulay has set the bar so high for himself over the years by writing and illustrating some real masterpieces such as Castle and Cathedral. City is also a great book, just not quite as amazing as others he has written. I bought this for my son, who has always been intrigued by construction projects, but I have also enjoyed it quite a bit.
Roman Architecture Explained: Fascinating!  May 31, 2007
In this book, David Macaulay expertly describes and illustrates the construction of the imaginary Roman city of Verbonia. It is based hundreds of real Roman cities built between 300 B.C. and A.D. 150. I was amazed at the planning that went into the city, and the systematic and precise manner that everything was managed. I was fascinated to learn how they built the aqueducts for the city's water supply, even going through hills, and the sewer system underground to keep the city sanitary. The architecture of the forum and baths was so intriguing. Of course, this might be expected from the author of "The Way Things Work"! His detailed drawings are fabulous. This a terrific book for learning about Roman cities in this time period and for studying the way the cities were put together to provide for all the needs of the inhabitants.
How Romans Built  May 1, 2007
When taken together as a collection, Macaulay's books, from Castle and Cathedral and Pyramid, Mill, Unbuilding, Mosque, and most definitely this one, City, create what is probably the most readable, retainable, and approachable exploration of the story of architecture that's out there. These books, each highlighting an era and a project, are all a lot of fun to look at, read, and think about, and in this volume, City, the foundation and construction of a Roman population center is detailed. From the explanation for why the Romans built cities from scratch, to the selection and preparation of the site, to the actual erection of a brand new city, Macaulay leaves nothing unexplored or unexplained. These books are as enjoyable for adults as they are for children, and are truly classics of our time.
A Ground Breaking Book  Dec 27, 2006
When David Macaulay published this book in 1974, he was following in the path of the great American illustrators Edwin Tunis and Eric Sloane. They produced many memorable history books for young adults in the years following the Second World War. Tunis and Sloane blended well written history with well done pen and pencil illustrations. "City" follows the standard convention of beginning with a parcel of undeveloped land and showing the building process as the project progresses to a completed Roman city.

What makes this book so important is that David Macauley was able to expand the age paremeters and produce a beautiful book that could appeal to both young children and adults. His skills as a story teller and illustrator allowed people to look architecture and history in a new light. There are other illustrators with stronger drafting skills but there is nobody with more imagination. Macaulay is not afraid to enter into an image and tear it apart and look at it from many different viewpoints. There is a sense of movement and playfulness in his illustrations that make him unique.

This book is so important in the history of children's non-fiction literature because David Macaulay opened the doors for a whole series of children's book illustrators who have produced hundreds of illustrated history books.
David Macauley is brilliant!  Aug 22, 2006
This video presentation of the building of the city of Rome is a must for anyone interested in the classics or architecture.
I intend to share it with my Latin classes so that they can appreciate the genius of the Roman civilization. Did you know the Romans invented building arches with cement?
Robert D. Askren,Ph.D.

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