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Animation of ancient Rome

Rome Reborn is an international initiative whose goal is the creation of 3D digital models illustrating the urban development of ancient Rome from the first 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). With the advice of an international Scientific Advisory Committee, the leaders of the project decided that A.D. 320 was the best moment in time to begin the work of modeling. At that time, Rome had reached the peak of its population, and major Christian churches were just beginning to be built. After this date, few new civic buildings were built. Much of what survives of the ancient city dates to this period, making reconstruction less speculative than it must, perforce, be for earlier phases. But having started with A.D. 320, the Rome Reborn team intends to move both backwards and forwards in time until the entire span of time foreseen by our mission has been covered. You can click on the video below, or go to vimeo.

The project is called “Rome Reborn” in homage to the founding text of the field of Roman topography, the De Roma instaurata of Flavio Biondo (1444-46). The goal of “Rome Reborn” is to create a digital model illustrating the development of ancient Rome from the earliest settlement in the late Bronze Age (ca. 1000 B.C.) to the beginning of the medieval period. The latter date has been set (inevitably, in the arbitrary way typical of most periodizations) at 552 A.D., or the end of the Gothic Wars.

Since 1997, the Virtual World Heritage Laboratory of the University of Virginia (VWHL), the UCLA Experiential Technology Center (ETC), the Reverse Engineering Lab at the Politecnico di Milano, the Ausonius Institute of the CNRS and the University of Bordeaux-3, and the University of Caen have collaborated on a project to create a digital model of ancient Rome as it appeared in late antiquity. The notional date of the model is June 21, 320 A.D. Since 2009, the sponsor and administrative home of the project has been Frischer Consulting, whose mission is to apply 3D technologies to the study and dissemination of cultural heritage throughout the world.


Here, you can watch a short video of an ancient Rome guide tour.

Here, you can find more videos and wallpapers.

This is another video, made by Altair4.

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