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November 13, 2008

Ab urbe condita MMDCCLXI


Google Earth has added a three dimensional simulation of ancient Rome to its interface. Based on the Plastico di Roma Antica, Ancient Rome 3D is a virtual replica of a physical model of more than 6700 buildings.

The model was created by archaeologists and model-makers between 1933 to 1974 and housed in a special gallery in Rome's Museum of Roman Civilisation. The new map was unveiled at an event in the Italian capital, and the modern day Mayor of Rome, Gianni Alemanno, praised the project.

"It's an incredible opportunity to share the stunning greatness of ancient Rome, a perfect example of how the new technologies can be ideal allies of our history, archaeology and cultural identity," Mr Alemanno said.

Though as a perfect example of texture mapping, sadly, not so much. Still, these stills and video of Google Rome are impressive and I would love to see much more like it. I expect the detail will come in time.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at November 13, 2008 07:44 AM