Visiting Ancient Rome via the Web

For the past ten years, the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities at the University of Virginia has been working with a number of groups from UCLA, and other institutions around the world, to build a 3D model of ancient Rome (notional date of model June 21, 320 A.D.) as well as a digital version called Rome Reborn 1.0. Yesterday, June 11th, the model was shown at a ceremony in Rome and “video fly-throughs” of the digital city were posted on the Rome Reborn 1.0 web site.

Currently the site’s video fly-throughs include a bird’s eye view of the city, a walk through the Colosseum, a look at the Roman Forum, and a tour of the Basilica Maxentius. While all of these videos allow users to have a better glimpse of the digital city, “studies are underway to determine ways of making the real-time, interactive version of the model available on the Internet.” This spirit of the site as a work-in-progress can also be seen in the site’s name. As improvements and new features are added to the site the name will change from 1.0 to 2.0 and so on.

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