City: A Story of Roman Planning and Construction

by David Macaulay

Hardcover, 1974



Text and black and white illustrations show how the Romans planned and constructed their cities for the people who lived within them.

User reviews

LibraryThing member lorin77
I love this book! Aimed at kids, its a cool book about how Roman cities were built. If you like it, check out the PBS show that Macauley did, too.
LibraryThing member jpsnow
Visually impressive and concise, it explains why many of the Roman ruins still stand. You also see how many of their techniques persist today, such as curbs, sewers, and grid-based layouts. It's meant for children, but I think most adults would find it interesting.
LibraryThing member nathanmannn
In the book “City” by David Macaulay, the reader is absorbed into the world of the Romans in the imaginary city of Verbonia. The reader is allowed an intimate view of how they planned and built their cities and complexities of design. The author explains in detail everything from the early planning and surveying to the sewage and roads and construction of the Coliseum. This book gives you insight into the everyday lives of Romans and how they built such an elaborate civilization.… (more)
LibraryThing member Amelia_Smith
Nice, easy, somewhat overdue research for the story I'm working on at the moment. It's a great peek into ancient technology and everyday life with a glimpse of politics, too.


HMH Books for Young Readers (1974), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 112 pages


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Physical description

112 p.; 9.25 x 0.67 inches


039519492X / 9780395194928
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