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Book Title: Eine Stadt wie Rom|
The author of the book: David Macaulay
Edition: dtv junior
Date of issue: July 1986
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David Macaulay's Underground was a wonderful book, but his City tops it by showing the same sorts of infrastructural accomplishments (e.g., public water works, plumbing, sewers, etc.) only here set in classical antiquity! Macauley's masterful illustrations and clear text provide ample evidence of the "civilizing" (literally, "urbanizing") skills and talents of the Roman people whose arts, according to the Aeneid, "are to be these:"
To pacify, to impose the rule of law,
To spare the conquered, battle down the proud. (6.1151-1154)
For, as Macaulay notes in his introduction (p.5), "[t]he Romans knew that well planned cities did more to maintain peace and security than twice the number of military camps." Fascinating stuff here, and not just for kids!
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Read information about the authorDavid Macaulay, born in 1946, was eleven when his parents moved from England to Bloomfield, New Jersey. He found himself having to adjust from an idyllic English childhood to life in a fast paced American city. During this time he began to draw seriously, and after graduating from high school he enrolled in the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). After spending his fifth year at RISD in Rome on the European Honors Program, he received a bachelor’s degree in architecture and vowed never to practice. After working as an interior designer, a junior high school teacher, and a teacher at RISD, Macaulay began to experiment with creating books. He published his first book, Cathedral, in 1973. Following in this tradition, Macaulay created other books—including City, Castle, Pyramid, Mill, Underground, Unbuilding, and Mosque—that have provided the explanations of the how and the why in a way that is both accessible and entertaining. From the pyramids of Egypt to the skyscrapers of New York City, the human race’s great architectural and engineering accomplishments have been demystified through Macaulay's elaborate show-and-tells. Five of these titles have been made into popular PBS television programs.
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