What is Rome Reborn?
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.
"Cultural and Digital Memory: Case Studies from the Virtual World Heritage Laboratory"
IN MEMORIA ROMANA, EDITED BY G. KARL GALINSKY, MEMOIRS OF THE AMERICAN ACADEMY IN ROME
Frischer, Bernard, forthcoming.
"Investigating the Effectiveness of Problem-Based Learning in 3D Virtual Worlds. A Preliminary Report on the Digital Hadrian's Villa Project"
PROCEEDINGS OF THE 2012 CONFERENCE OF COMPUTING APPLICATIONS TO ARCHAEOLOGY, SOUTHAMPTON, UK, 26-29 MARCH 2012.
Taylor-Nelms, Lee, Lynne Kvapil, John Fillwalk, Bernard Frischer, forthcoming.
"The Digital Hadrian's Villa Project. Using Virtual Worlds to Control Suspected Solar Alignments"
Proceedings of the Annual Conference of The International Society for Virtual Systems and Multimedia 2012.
Frischer, Bernard, John Fillwalk, forthcoming.
Rome Reborn in the News
Rome Reborn Featured at (RE)Imagining Science," in the Grunwald Gallery at Indiana University
On Friday, October 14, 2016, the Rome Reborn team gave a sneak preview of the first app of Rome Reborn VR at the opening of the exhibition, "(RE)Imagining Science," at the Grunwald Gallery, Indiana University. We were gratified by the reception, especially by children. Here are two video clips of some kids in action:
Mesmerizing Video Tours Ancient Rome - in 3D
Toronto Star, March 13, 2012.
Jessica Hughes Interviews Bernard Frischer
Classics Confidential, October 6, 2011
Ancient Rome Reborn in 3-D
National Geographic News, October 28, 2010.