Costing some $3 million and with technical expertise from a company called Flyover Zone, Rome Reborn consists of 7,000 digitally revamped buildings and monuments circa CE 320.
All roads lead to Rome. And we're not just talking about the brick and mortar pathways that guided the likes of Marcus Antonius and Gaius Marius to conquer new territories and expand the empire. Nope, the digital frontier has also paved a few routes to the legendary hub of civilization.
Such was the case on Wednesday, November 21st, when scholars announced the launch of a new virtual project called Rome Reborn, one of the most ambitious digital reconstructions of an ancient community ever undertaken. It took three attempts to get the 10-gigabyte replication right, with 50 experts taking part in the venture that also took 22 years to complete.
Those who want to venture over five square miles to check out the architecture and culture of this part of Ancient Rome can do so with a pair of virtual reality goggles. Donning that headgear will enable visitors to check out exactly what Rome was like back then since the time period had the most amount of information available than any other temporal point in Rome's history.
Based on the data that history left behind, scholars managed to piece together their vision of Rome that existed nearly two millennia ago. The reconstruction also allows more than one way to catch the sights. Visitors can also cross the ancient city via virtual hot air balloon floating at 300 feet off the ground or opt for a more terra firma perspective of the Basilica of Maxentius and Constantine plus the famed Roman Forum.
By 2021, visitors will also be able to catch virtual conceptions of the Pantheon and the Colosseum once the design has been completed on those structures. The Colosseum might also be attractive in that visitors might be able to assume roles of gladiators or even race chariots on the arena floor.
Future projects for Flyover Zone include a digital rebuild of Athens back when Socrates was in his prime as well as Jerusalem during the time of the existence of Jesus Christ.