CITY by David Macaulay

CITY

A Story Of Roman Planning And Construction
illustrated by

KIRKUS REVIEW

The Roman city of Verbonia, like the subject of Macaulay's Cathedral (KR, 1973) is imaginary but typical, and as in Cathedral the author/artist follows its construction in a level, readable text and intriguing black and white drawings. 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 where citizens proceeded from a hot caldarium to a relaxing tepidarium to a dive into the frigidarium. There's an unobtrusive plug for planning -- which allowed for orderly change as Verbonia's population grew, and the complexity and variety of the city adds a different sort of interest from that of Macaulay's Caldecott honor book.
Pub Date: Sept. 14th, 1974
ISBN: 0395349222
Page count: 224pp
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 1974




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