John Byron posted the following video on his blog this morning--a fascinating 3D digital model of Rome, circa 320 CE. It was one of the most absorbing 5-minutes of my morning. You can read more about the Rome Reborn (the initiative that produced this model) at the following website. Rome Reborn incorporates the scholarship of a number of impressive contributors and consultants. Here's the description of the project:
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.
Here's that fascinating video: