City: A Story of Roman Planning and Construction

In this book, David Macaulay expertly describes and illustrates the construction of the imaginary Roman city of Verbonia. It is based on hundreds of real Roman cities built between 300 B.C. and A.D. 150. A multitude of black-and-white line drawings illustrate the story of Roman urban planners as they design and construct a new city on the Roman empire’s frontier.

Every stage is explained thoroughly using text, illustrations and charts, from developing a master plan through construction. Tools are explained, cross-sections are used to good effect and specific projects such as a house, a road, a bridge and aqueduct, the forum and central market, public baths, the sewer system and an amphitheater and theater are represented.

This a terrific book for learning about Roman cities in this time period and for studying the way the cities were put together to provide for all the needs of the inhabitants.