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Ancient Town-Planning   By: (1860-1919)

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Ancient Town-Planning by Francis Haverfield offers a comprehensive exploration of the architectural and urban planning techniques employed by civilizations from ancient times. The author allows readers to delve into the fascinating world of urban development, shedding light on the conceptualization and execution of ancient towns.

Haverfield's extensive research and profound understanding of the subject matter are evident throughout the book. Drawing from a wealth of historical evidence and archaeological findings, he presents a detailed study filled with valuable insights and explanations. The author successfully transports readers back in time, placing them in the midst of ancient settlements and enabling them to witness the innovative approaches used in town-planning.

One of the book's outstanding features is its comprehensive analysis of various civilizations. Haverfield not only examines well-known ancient towns such as ancient Rome or Athens but also delves into lesser-known settlements from different regions across the globe. This broad scope highlights the richness and diversity of town-planning practices throughout history, making the book an essential resource for anyone interested in the subject.

Haverfield's writing style is engaging yet meticulous, making even complex concepts accessible to a wide range of readers. His meticulous attention to detail and clear explanations help bring the ancient towns to life, offering readers a vivid picture of how they were designed and operated. Moreover, the author does an excellent job of contextualizing these ancient towns within their societal, political, and cultural frameworks, thus providing a holistic understanding of their purpose and significance.

While the book primarily focuses on the technical aspects of ancient town-planning, Haverfield also touches upon the social dynamics and historical context surrounding these urban developments. This multidimensional approach adds depth to the narrative, allowing readers to gain a deeper appreciation for the complexities involved in creating and maintaining ancient towns.

Although the book assumes a certain level of familiarity with architectural and urban planning terminology, Haverfield's explanations and use of illustrations help clarify any potential confusion. Additionally, the extensive reference section at the end of each chapter provides an opportunity for further exploration and research, making the book an invaluable resource for both scholars and enthusiasts.

In conclusion, Ancient Town-Planning by Francis Haverfield is an outstanding contribution to the field of architectural history. With its meticulous research, comprehensive scope, and engaging writing style, the book offers an insightful exploration of ancient towns and their planning techniques. Whether one is an architectural scholar, history buff, or simply curious about ancient civilizations, this book is sure to captivate and enlighten its readers.

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[Illustration: STREETS IN TIMGAD. From a photograph.]




Oxford at The Clarendon Press


OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS London::Edinburgh::Glasgow::New York Toronto::Melbourne::Bombay HUMPHREY MILFORD Publisher to the University


The following pages are an enlargement of a paper read to the University of London as the Creighton Lecture for 1910, and also submitted in part to the London Conference on Town planning in the same year.

The original lecture was written as a scholar's contribution to a modern movement. It looked on town planning as one of those new methods of social reform, which stand in somewhat sharp contrast with the usual aims of political parties and parliaments. The latter concern mainly the outward and public life of men as fellow citizens in a state; they involve such problems as Home Rule, Disestablishment, Protection. The newer ideals centre round the daily life of human beings in their domestic environment. Men and women or rather, women and men have begun to demand that the health and housing and food and comfort of mankind, and much else that not long ago seemed to lie outside the scope of legislation, should be treated with as close attention and logic and intelligence as any of the older and more conventional problems of politicians... Continue reading book >>

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