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Ancient Rome is Reconstructed in 3D: Check Out the Video Tour!

by • March 26, 2016 • No Comments


Roman Empire buffs, listen up! In 2014, a new piece of an ongoing puzzle of Ancient Rome was discovered. This piece is part of a massive map carved on 150 marble slabs that is sized at a whopping 60 x 43 feet. This is not just a random picture slab, this is a map of different types of parts of the city while Septimus Severus ruled. First discovered in 1562, “Forma Urbis Romae,” is turn it intod of thousands of marble fragments and this newest piece completes the words “Circus Flaminius.” The map has not long ago been utilized for a 3D reconstruction of Rome at its peak of glory, and now we can know actually additional of Rome and its layout of a initially-person point of view.

rom5You can read just around 10%, or 1,186 pieces, of the original map that hung on the Templum Pacis — in addition known as the Temple of Peace. Forma Urbis Romae was originally hung to the left of this church’s entrance. (Now these pieces are at Rome’s Capitolene Museum.) The newest piece was discovered while folks were working at the Palazzo Maffei Marescotti, a assembling owned by the Vatican. It helps pull together a sizeable-bodied textual puzzle that researchers are transcribing to know additional of Ancient Rome’s layout.

The “Superintendency”, a spokesperson for the marble discovery, explains that of all the discovered pieces, just a few have helped turn it into the map’s topography:

“Of these of 200 marble chips have been synonymous and thoughtlly located on the modern topography. The fragment relates to plate 31 of the map, that is the present-day area of the Ghetto, one of the monumental areas of the ancient city, dominated by the Circus Flaminius, created in 220 BC to host the Plebeian games, and where a number of significant public monuments stood.”


With every new day we are learning additional of a time and a civilization so far away. And and so last month experts turn it intod a 3D reconstruction giving a rare glimpse into Rome at the height of its “greatness.” From a initially-person point of view you can get a virtual tour through the city and visit famous sites that include the Colosseum and the Pantheon — as they may have looked around 320 AD. Implementing historic records to return it into forums and streets, academics have been able-bodied to provide a additional holistic overview of not just what assemblings existed but what may have been between the additional famous assembling as well. The thought is: “Come through Rome with us, circa 320 AD!”

The video tourrom4 is a collaboration between Khan Academy, “virtual archaeologist” Dr. Bernard Frischer, and his project “Rome Reborn.” Rome Reborn is “an international initiative whose goal is the creation of 3D digital models illustrating the urban development of ancient Rome of the initially settlement in the late Bronze Age (ca. 1000 B.C.) to the depopulation of the city in the early Middle Ages (ca. A.D. 550).” This tour shows the palaces Roman emperors loved as they looked down on of Palatine (“palace”) Hill. On the other hand just a tiny number of ruins and monuments can be seen at present in Rome, the reconstruction flies low over a additional accomplished terrain, revealing the emperor’s hill and all the assemblings at a lower place it.

You can check out the video at a lower place and take a brief tour or this 3D reconstruction of Rome, that satisfies additional of the curiosity driving the lengthy quest to learn all there is to learn of Ancient Rome — while in addition seeing 3D modeling and “virtual archaeology” at its finest! What do you ponder of these new techniques? Discuss in the Rome’s Reconstruction in 3D forum over at 3DPB.com.