When in Rome

June 20, 2007 at 3:50 am Leave a comment

Nasa imageThis is very cool: Rome Reborn 1.0 is the world’s biggest computer simulation of an ancient city. Just released, an international team of archaeologists, architects and computer specialists from Italy, the US, UK and Germany have built a digital model of ancient Rome. Virtual Rome depicts the multi-cultural imperial city at its peak in 320 AD, under the Emperor Constantine and when Rome boasted one million inhabitants. Rome Reborn 1.0 shows almost the entire city within the 13-mile-long Aurelian Walls as it appeared at the time.

At the moment, video clips and still images of Rome Reborn 1.0 are available, but as the model is further populated, users will be able to navigate through the model, visiting classical buildings like the Colosseum or take a quick peek into the Roman Senate. Virtual Rome has been sourced from ancient maps and building catalogues, which revealed information about apartment buildings, private houses, inns, storage facilities, bakeries and so on.

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Entry filed under: Archaeology, Computer modelling, History, Useful resources.

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