Flyzone Rome Reborn 4.0 virtual tour of ancient rome

Flyover ancient Rome with the latest virtual reconstruction

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An innovative 3D reconstruction of ancient Rome has been unveiled, allowing users to embark on a virtual journey back in time and explore the vibrant heart of the Roman Empire during its zenith. Rome Reborn 4.0 is a remastered edition of a 27-year-old virtual aerial tour.

Named “Rome Reborn: Flight over Ancient Rome,” this immersive experience is presented by Flyover Zone, an educational technology company.

It offers a glimpse into the ancient city’s grandeur, featuring renowned landmarks such as the Colosseum, Pantheon, Baths of Caracalla, and the Roman Forum. These structures are presented as they might have appeared in the year A.D. 320. During this period, Rome stood as one of Europe’s most densely populated cities. The city was home to one million residents, and encompassed over 5.3 square miles, with 7,000 buildings.

Twenty-seven years in the making

The brainchild of this virtual endeavour is digital archaeologist Bernard Frischer. The concept initially took root in 1974 when Frischer, a Rome Prize Fellow in Classics at the American Academy in Rome, visited the Museum of Roman Civilisation. There, he encountered a physical model of ancient Rome, inspiring him to embark on a mission to craft a superior, computerised version.

Commenting on the project, Bernard Frischer expressed that Yorescape Rome Reborn 4.0 marks the culmination of more than twenty-seven years of collaborative international effort utilising digital tools to explore cultural history and breathe life into it.

“The dream of reconstructing Rome is an old one,” said Frischer.

“The idea came to me when I first saw Italo Gismondi’s model in Rome at the Museum of Roman Civilisation in EUR, built between 1935 and 1971. Today Rome Reborn 4.0 is the culmination of more than 27 years of historical research applied to the use of innovative digital tools.

With the virtual tour Flight Over Ancient Rome, we hope to make it easy and fun for people to learn about ancient Rome and its cultural heritage,” he continued.

Great tool for educators

By making the Rome model accessible through the virtual tour known as “Flight over Ancient Rome,” the aim is to provide a simple and enjoyable method for individuals to learn about this ancient urban centre and its rich cultural heritage.

Educators can employ this tour to take their students on virtual field trips. For armchair travellers, it provides an opportunity to explore remarkable heritage sites without leaving their homes. However, Frischer doesn’t see the virtual aerial tour as a complement to tourism.     “Our aim is not to replace real tourism, but to improve it,” he said.

Much like its predecessors, Rome Reborn 4.0 showcases the city’s depiction at the pinnacle of its development, around 320 CE, shortly before the capital was relocated to Constantinople. During this era, scholars estimate Rome’s population at around one million, rendering it the most populous European city prior to the nineteenth century. The city was home to approximately 7,000 buildings spread over 5.3 square miles within the late-antique Aurelian Walls.

This digital reconstruction of ancient Rome is grounded in scientific accuracy, aligning with the available fragmentary evidence. The Flyover Zone team regularly updates Rome Reborn to ensure its reliability and completeness, adapting to new discoveries and interpretations of existing evidence.

The latest 2023 version benefits from advanced computer graphics, offering a higher degree of photorealism. Moreover, recent archaeological findings have allowed the Flyover team to enhance the urban database with fresh, updated recreations of essential city monuments. Notable examples include the Baths of Caracalla, temples on the Capitoline Hill, and structures in the theatre district, such as the Stadium of Domitian (modern-day Piazza Navona) and the theatres of Balbus, Marcellus, and Pompey the Great.

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