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Esler, Community and Gospel in Luke-Acts SNTSMS 57 (Cambridge, 1987) points out that by no means every siege involved constructing a circumvallation (Luke, 19: 43-44), nor were many cities razed to the ground (Luke, 19: 44) and 'trampled' by Gentiles, with their inhabitants being led off as captives (Luke 21: 24).
By the late seventeenth century the constricting circumvallation was breached to allow suburban developments.
The Line and its author combine to define and contain the slippery city: "by London, as I shall discourse of it, I mean, all the Buildings, Places, Hamlets, and Villages contain'd in the Line of Circumvallation .