Rome Reborn

On 03/22/2012, in Informal Education, by Jordan Wilson

By now readers know that I am a big fan of travel.

Travel can enhance one’s skills, experiences, and enrich one’s life. Understanding the cultures of others is an asset for many jobs. In fact, most top Chief Executive Officers have spent at least two years working internationally.

The same is true for learning foreign languages. Languages can enhance both personal life and career prospects. In fact,

To entice readers on the joys of experiencing foreign cultures, I like to look at interesting travel items. Previously, I have highlighted Latin America, the city of Paris, and the Sistine Chapel.

Today we look at Rome. Specifically, Rome as it was in the year 320 A.D. 

Rome Reborn

According to the Rome Reborn website:

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.

Rome Reborn 2.2

The current version of Rome Reborn shows the city as it may have been on June 21, 320 A.D.

I have spent a fair bit of time in Rome over the years. So it is extremely interesting to see how the various ruins likely appeared back in the day. For those who have visited Rome, you will see what I mean.

For those who have not experienced Rome, I hope this whets your appetite to go.

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