Virtual Ancient Rome in 3-D…Cool!

By, Tracy Staedter, Discovery News

June 15, 2007 — Recreating ancient Rome is the goal of a project that has created biggest, most complete three-dimensional simulation of a historic city.

Rome Reborn, a 3-D computer model that runs in real-time animation, allows a person to explore streets and buildings of the ancient city at its peak of prosperity, in A.D. 320.
Not only will the simulation serve as a teaching tool, but the developers eventually want to make it part of an online journal that will publish scholarly articles documenting how ancient buildings appeared.

“3-D technology has been widely adopted by archaeologists, but there is no place for them to publish their work,” said Bernard Frischer, director of the project and of the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. “We want to take on the responsibility of the long-term preservation of this work.”

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