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Classical Age

City: A Story of Roman Planning and Construction
Author: Macaulay, David
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Time Period: Classical Age
Time Frame: 300 BCE - 150 CE
Geographic Area: Europe
Country: Italy (Ancient Rome)
Topics: Building
Genre: Fiction
Reading Age: Lower Elementary, Middle Grade
Format: Picture Book
Published: 1983

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The Caldecott Medal-winning author and illustrator takes young readers through the building of an imaginary city in Ancient Rome.

In City, David Macaulay introduces readers to the fascinating world of Ancient Roman architecture and engineering, combining straightforward text and black and white illustrations to tell the story of a city’s creation. While the Roman city of Verbonia is imaginary, its planning and construction are based on those of the hundreds of Roman cities founded between 300 BCE and 150 CE.

From the process of selecting the ideal site on which to build, Macaulay moves through each phase of the process. “Engineering, architectural and human details enliven a tour of the completed city—the water supply and drainage system, the forum and central market, the homes of a merchant and a craftsman, the theatre, the public baths” and much more are intricately imagined, illustrated, and explained

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.

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