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October 16, 2007 - Posted by yohman

Ancient Rome (Experimental Technology Center)

Graphic: Ancient Rome


A significant portion of the work of the ETC has been centered on reconstructions of ancient Rome. Generous funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supported the creation of the Roman Forum, the civic center of ancient Rome, as it appeared in late antiquity. NSF funding subsequently allowed these models to be repurposed for use on the web. ETC scholars are currently at work on reconstructions of other landmark Roman structures including the Colosseum, the Basilica Maxentius, the Circus Maximus, and a schematic representation of Republican Rome.

For information on specific buildings of the Roman Forum, visit the Digital Roman Forum. This NSF-funded website was developed to make the interactive computer models of the forum structures more broadly available over the Internet. The website provides images, QuickTime panoramas, and information on the digital reconstructions of twenty features (buildings and major monuments) within the forum.


Diane Favro (UCLA), Bernard Frischer (UVA), Cairoli Giuliani (University of Rome), and Russell Scott (Bryn Mawr College). Additional scientific committee members are associated with specific buildings and listed in the Digital Roman Forum website.


Dean Abernathy, Philip Stinson, Carmen Valenciano, Alessio Mauri, Rebeka Vital, Renee Calkins, Steven Guban, Kathryn Fallat, Itay Zaharovitz, Tom Beresford, and Chris Johanson


Google Earth kml file of the Roman Forum
(To use this file you must have Google Earth loaded on your computer. Left click on the link and 'Open with Google Earth.' In the 'Place' section of the left sidebar in Google Earth, double click on the 'UCLA ETC Roman Forum' entry. Drag the time slider to the right to view the monumental evolution of the Forum. (Be patient. Some of the more complex monuments will take a few seconds to load.) Use as you would any other Google Earth 3-D model.)

Rome Reborn (Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities at the University of Virginia)