Visiting Ancient Rome From Home

By: Mark Tenia Email
By: Mark Tenia Email

June 11, 2007

Imagine if you could take a trip back in time to visit ancient Rome when the city was at its prime, without ever leaving your house. Monday, a new website was unveiled that will allow you to do just that.

Monday, experts from UVa and around the world unveiled what is being called the largest and most complete simulation of an historic city. The simulation allows users to travel through a re-creation of some 7,000 buildings, during a time when the city was at the peak of its power.

The project cost $2 million and took over 10 years to complete, led by a team of experts from UVa and around the world, all in an effort to educate people about one of the world's most fascinating civilizations.

"The idea is to show the whole urban forum evolution of the city, from the first settlements in the late bronze age until the peak of its development in the fourth and fifth century, and then the decline of Rome because of terrible wars and the end of the Roman Empire in the West in the sixth century A.D.," said Bernard Frischer of the University of Virginia.

And, scientists plan to use the simulation as a new kind of scholarly journal, updating it each time a new discovery is made in the actual city.

If you would like to check out Rome Re-Born, just click on the link below.

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