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June 13, 2007

Rome Reborn 1.0


It's up and running here.

Until the first working time machine comes along, circa 2200 (give or take 100 years), this is as good as it's going to get.


Here's a link to Monday's Associated Press article by Ariel David.


Today's USA Today story follows.

    Digital Simulation Revives Ancient Rome

    The glory of Constantine's Rome has returned — via a computer. An international team of archaeologists, architects and computer specialists this week unveiled what they called the largest and most complete simulation of a historic city, digitally re-creating Rome as it appeared at its peak about A.D. 320. The 10-year-effort, led by Bernard Frischer of the University of Virginia, digitally rebuilt the city as it existed within its original 13-mile-long wall, including 7,000 buildings. The interiors of about 30 buildings, including the Senate and the Colosseum, also are re-created. The $2 million project will be used to carry out further research into ancient Rome's way of life and will be updated with archaeological discoveries. Images and videos of some sections of the simulation are available at romereborn.virginia.edu.


Hard to believe ancient Rome is only a three mile walk from my house.


I mean, they said it's at the University of Virginia, right?



On a less serious note, too bad the university can't see the limitless upside of a mashup combining their new simulation with Linden Labs' Second Life technology.

Can you imagine the money that would pour into the endowment?

STOP PRESS: My crack research team reports that talks about a mashup are under way.



Carl Sagan wasn't exaggerating when he said, "Billions and billions...."

June 13, 2007 at 04:01 PM | Permalink


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I always thought the old Atlanta Stadium looked like the Colosseum. As a kid, once, when I was at a Braves game and things were particularly boring, I fantasized that a certain very young blond-headed just-up-from-the-minors (and back there just as quickly) pitcher was going to take the mound clad only in a leopard skin loincloth (of course all the other players -- both teams -- would be costumed similarly) and I would be the Empress who'd get to decide when to take him out (of the game). And if his performance had displeased me, he'd have to bring me popcorn and Cokes.


Como e' bella ce' la luna brille e' strette
strette como e' tutta bella a passeggiare
Sotto il cielo di Roma...

Posted by: Flautist | Jun 13, 2007 11:33:35 PM

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