Roman City [VHS] David Macaulay > shipping is included in price!
NOTE: THIS TITLE IS QUITE EXPENSIVE ON DVD, AND IS NOT AVAILABLE ON ANY ONLINE STREAMING SERVICES. FREE USA SHIPPING IS INCLUDED IN PRICE. Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC Rated: Unrated Number of tapes: 1, in a clamshell case Studio: Pbs Home Video The ancient Romans built cities in the lands they conquered, linking Western Europe, the Middle East and North Africa into a vast, thriving Empire. By combining documentary footage and animated story sequences, this program examines how these cities helped maintain the Empire and how they shaped people's lives. Host David Macaulay takes you to many ancient sites to explain how various structures were built and how they were used. Through animation, watch the construction of a fictional city in Gaul. If cities largely define civilization, Western cities have been defined by the city planners and civic engineers of ancient Rome. As the empire expanded, these engineers planned and built cities throughout three continents that had logic, that had ample water by way of aqueducts, that had water distribution systems, sewers, paved streets with curbs and devices to slow traffic, public baths and public toilets, buildings devoted to culture and entertainment, warehouses, shops, homes and tenements. When the empire fell apart, it took 1,400 years for Western civilization to meet the challenges of urban living which the Romans had met. Roman City was a PBS production built around David Macaulay's illustrated book, City: A Story of Roman Planning and Engineering. Macaulay is a writer and illustrator who is fascinated by how things work. He also is a first-rate teacher, able to describe and show concepts and techniques so they are understandable and fascinating. Roman City, with Macaulay as narrator, opens up his book with location shots at several ancient Roman cities such as Pompeii, Herculaneum and Ostia, as well as with illustrations taken from the book and with animation. We get to see why Roman cities were laid out the way they were and how important arches and concrete were. As with the book, the program tells the story of the planning, building and growth of the fictional city of Verbonia in Gaul, beginning with the decision of Caesar Augustus to establish the city in 27 B.C. The cast of characters includes the animations of young Marcus Fabricius (voiced by Derek Jacobi), the engineer charged with designing and building the city; Gaius Verlius (voiced by Brian Blessed), the former general appointed by Caesar to run Verbonia; and Caesar Augustus himself (voiced by Ian McKellan). NOTE: THIS TITLE IS QUITE EXPENSIVE ON DVD, AND IS NOT AVAILABLE ON ANY ONLINE STREAMING SERVICES. FREE USA SHIPPING IS INCLUDED IN PRICE.