‘Rome Reborn’: Journey to the Eternal City, Circa 320 AD
Travel Blog • Michael Yessis • 06.13.07 | 11:15 AM ET
To June 21 of that year, to be exact. Earlier this week, the University of Virginia and its partner institutions unveiled Rome Reborn 1.0, a digital model of ancient Rome as it appeared during the time of emperor Constantine. It’s designed for scholars and virtual tourists, and early reports about the project sound impressive. The AP’s Ariel David writes: “When in virtual Rome, visitors will be able do to even more than ancient Romans did: They can crawl through the bowels of the Colosseum, filled with lion cages and primitive elevators, and fly up for a detailed look at bas-reliefs and inscriptions placed atop triumphal arches.”
Experts from the University of Virginia, UCLA and the Reverse Engineering Lab at the Politecnico di Milano contributed to the 10-year, $2 million project, which has reconstructed almost the entire city, as well as the interiors of more than two dozen buildings, including the Senate and the Colosseum. The Rome Reborn Web site has images and videos of the project. According to the AP, Rome Reborn is in talks with Linden Labs to make the complete simulation available online via its virtual world, Second Life.