Rome Antics

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Author: David Macaulay
Illustrations by David Macaulay
Publisher: Walter Lorraine Books; Hardcover
Ages: 9-12
Period: Roman Empire; Non-fiction

A pigeon carrying an important message takes the reader on a unique tour through Rome. As we follow the path of this somewhat wayward bird, we discover that Rome is a place where past and present live side by side. It is a city that has been recycling itself for two thousand years, but unlike a museum, Rome displays its remarkable history without respect for chronology. A new electric bus travels over cobblestone streets just ten feet above the floor of an ancient stadium. Inscriptions from tombs and temples share wall space with neon. Every time a corner is turned there is a surprise, just as every turn of the page brings a new perspective. This juxtaposition of ancient and modern, as seen with David Macaulay's ingenious vision, gives the reader an imaginative and informative journey through this wondrous city.

Don't miss David Macaulay's other fabulous books: Castle, Cathedral, City, Mill, Mosque, The New Way Things Work, Pyramid, Ship, Unbuilding, and Underground.

         

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