Release Date: July 16, 2018
The Roman Forum
Have you ever wished you could travel back in time to see the Roman Forum at the peak of its glory? Now you can.
The Forum was the center of the ancient city. Here were located the major law courts, government buildings, temples of the state religion, and historic monuments. Today this heart of the ancient city is a jumble of ruins, making it hard to understand even by those fortunate enough to visit the archaeological park.
Rome Reborn® offers you two ways to re-experience the Forum : (1) a short introductory video, and (2) an interactive app. If you are coming to the Roman Forum for the first time, you will find it advisable to start with the video, which provides a quick overview and orientation, and then to proceed to the app for more in-depth exploration and learning.
The video lets you follow Rome Reborn® Director Bernard Frischer on his guided tour of the Rome Reborn® reconstruction of the Roman Forum, which in 17 minutes helps you to understand the logic of the space and the meaning the place held to the Romans.
The app puts you in the driver's seat, making it possible to wander on your own from site to site around the reconstruction of the Roman Forum, to read brief descriptions on the virtual tablet that always accompanies you and, if you wish, to listen to experts' explanations of the people, monuments, and buildings you are encountering along the way. You can use our Time Warp feature to toggle between the ruins today and their original appearance. Take a full visit for about 3 hours or see just the sites of interest to you.
Once you have finished using the app, go to the Community section of our website, register, take assessments to gauge your level of expertise, and earn rewards for your achievements. Share the results, if you wish, with your social network. Recruit new members and increase your status in our community.
With the Rome Reborn® app, you're always engaged and always in control!
June 1 ·
Fantastic educational tool, great for forum experts and beginners alike. The Roman forum is notoriously difficult to understand and reconstruct, and visitors often report feeling overwhelmed and confused by the mass of unlabeled and overlapping remains. Rome Reborn VR not only offers beautiful reconstructions of these buildings, but is further enriched by summaries and discussions of each structure. It's a great way to introduce newcomers to this material, and to enrich the experience of those already well-familiar with this critical section of ancient Rome. An invaluable contribution!
I am a PhD student in Classical Studies at Columbia, and I had the absolute pleasure of experiencing a trial run of Roma Reborn (with the VR headset) last week. It is absolutely AMAZING. I saw it after a few intense weeks of studying the Roman forum, and it was so wonderful to see all the parts and fragments come together and experience the space in this comprehensive way. It was honestly an incredibly beautiful and moving experience. The program is very user-friendly, easy to follow and understand. Really wonderful for all levels - for beginning students to advanced professors. Looking forward to re-entering the VR world of Roma Reborn again soon! Superb work!!!
June 3 ·
è notevole veramente notevole. So che dietro c'è un enorme lavoro scientifico (che non sta dietro a tutte le ricorstruzioni che circolano), ed è bellissimo!
I am a professor of Archaeology at the University of Florence specialised in Topography of Ancient Rome. I have followed the development of Rome Reborn VR since its inception in the 1990s. Now that the first VR applications of the project are starting to appear in online stores, I am delighted to express my strong support for this unique initiative which combines archaeological accuracy with state-of-the-art technology. The goal is to make the core monuments of the Eternal City easily comprehensible even to non-experts, and to bring ancient Rome into the homes and schools of people wherever they may be. In my opinion, the Rome Reborn VR team has brilliantly achieved this goal.
June 3 ·
As Director of the Civic Museum of Rieti, about 80 km north of Rome, on Saturday, May 26, 2018 I organized, at the museum, two public demonstrations of the Rome Reborn VR application presenting the Roman Forum. Over 100 people of all ages attended both demonstrations. I can report that the response was enthusiastically positive. The event showed that Rome Reborn VR has the potential to make the study of history come alive for students and the general public. Rome Reborn VR is a great tool for the museum world and for anyone around the world who wants to learn more about ancient Rome by going back in time to visit the city as it appeared at the peak of its development in AD 320
May 31 ·
When I first saw Rome Reborn in VR it made me gasp — I couldn't believe I was seeing the ancient Roman forum recreated in such detail! This amazing recreation of the forum — done with painstaking historical accuracy — takes you back in time, and archaeologists provide the historical context. Thanks to Rome Reborn, we now have a sense of the enormous educational potential of virtual reality.
This is an *amazing* pedagogical tool with lots of applications in secondary and higher education. As a professor of Classics, I consider Roman Reborn VR an indispensable tool for courses on Roman civilization, Roman history, Roman archaeology, even Latin literature. While this app has a lot to offer to faculty and students, it will also appeal to non-academics who are interested in ancient Rome.