City: A Story of Roman Planning and Construction
Two thousand years ago, the Romans had a huge empire in Europe and even parts of Africa and the Middle East. As their empire grew bigger, they needed more cities for all their people to live.
In City, the Roman emperor has declared that a new city will be built. He sends planners, surveyors, and engineers to find the perfect spot for it. Once they have found it, they start planning the new city in detail. Right before your eyes, an ancient Roman city rises up. It has houses, markets, streets, government buildings, an amphitheater, and a lot more. It is bustling with all sorts of people. The city has a defense wall to keep intruding armies out and aqueducts to bring water in.When you turn the pages of this book, it is like walking in the city itself. There are detailed pictures of the buildings, the tools used to construct them, the people who made them, and the people who live in them.
Click on the pictures for a closer look.
From CITY: A STORY OF ROMAN PLANNING AND CONSTRUCTION by David Macaulay. Copyright © 1974 by David Macaulay. Reprinted by permission of Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.