City: A Story of Roman Planning and Construction

by David Macaulay

Paperback, 1983



Local notes

711.40 Mac





HMH Books for Young Readers (1983), Edition: Illustrated, 112 pages


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


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Physical description

112 p.; 12 inches

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 Stbalbach
City is David Macaulay's second book. Unlike most of Macaulay's other books in this series, rather than a single building, he draws an entire city. It is interesting and I learned a lot, the Romans were more advanced with basic infrastructure like plumbing and heating than I had imagined. I think
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Macaulay's subject is too broad though, so he isn't able to get into the hyper-detail that otherwise is the strength of his work that makes it so fascinating. It feels like a book for 14 year olds and not enough for the adults. Still, like all of David Macaulay's books, it is well worth it.
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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
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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.
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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.
LibraryThing member riselibrary_CSUC
Text and black and white illustrations show how the Romans planned and constructed their cities for the people who lived within them.
LibraryThing member quondame
A lovely illustrated guide to the building of a Roman city from planing to population limit, with temples, baths. apartments, shop, houses, gutters, sewers, and public toilets.
LibraryThing member Paul_S
Amazing little book, if you have kids and this doesn't rock their little world you should probably give them up for adoption. Honestly, makes me cry when I remember what books are used at school to teach kids history.
LibraryThing member mykl-s
Both the pictures and the explanations helped me relive the place and time.






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