Fly through Ancient Rome…

…with this 3D recreation of central Rome in the late antique period. This project is apparently aiming to produce a whole series of models of Rome at different periods, from c.1000 B.C.E. – 550 C.E., so hopefully this will be the first in a long series of video tours of the Eternal City!

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Author: Anna P. Judson

Classics researcher at Cambridge

6 thoughts on “Fly through Ancient Rome…”

    1. I can highly recommend the closest equivalent to be found in modern Rome, which is the view from the top of the Vittorio Emanuele monument. Amazing views of the whole of central Rome, especially the Forum, and I found it really helpful for seeing how all the different parts of the city actually relate to each other. Plus, as a bonus, you don’t have to look at the Vittoriano itself…

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  1. This is well cool
    but…
    …….also a bit unsatisfying. It’s so clean and unchaotic! The New Age music doesn’t help this! It’s a shame the video focussed on the big monuments. I’m uneasy too about the way they left ‘unsure’ monuments unmodelled – like the Temple of Romulus – because it sort of has the opposite effect of implying that we’re more sure about the rest of the city than we are. Great to see the Aqua Claudia though.

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    1. I wouldn’t know enough to comment on the Temple of Romulus (are we unsure what it looked like, where it was, at what period it existed, or all three?) but I suppose you can’t win either way – if you put it in you’re going to get complaints from people who reconstruct things differently or think it’s not certain enough to put in….so it’s always going to be a judgement call. Somewhere on the website it said that they started with 320 because that’s when everything is best-documented, so there will obviously be a lot more difficulties when they start going further back in time (how much do we actually know about Rome in 1000 B.C.E.?? Not much, I’m guessing).
      But yeah, I completely agree that it could have done with a lot more people and some dirt!

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