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Rome Reborn

Theme: Future History
Hall G

The largest virtual historical reconstruction, cultural heritage, and digital archeology project undertaken to date. Approximately 7,000 reborn buildings recapture Rome at the peak of its glory, in 320 AD, at the time of Constantine the Great.

Enhanced Life
Rome Reborn revolutionizes the way we explore, discover, research, and publish in archeology. It offers new approaches for exhibiting historical findings in museums. It opens new channels for collaboration within a community of research scientists, and for the public at large. And it could transform the way history is taught in our schools.

Goals
1.To create a 3D digital representation illustrating the development of the city of Rome in antiquity from the first settlement in the late bronze age to the depopulation of the ancient city in the 6th century AD.

2. To bring together content providers, graphics technology vendors, and interactive display research using the unifying content and story of Rome.

3. To provide an engaging, fun and educational tour of ancient Rome.

Innovations
1. Rome Reborn is the largest historically accurate, full-scale, high-detail model of an ancient city environment.

2. New methods for scholarly research and peer-review enabled by a system for publishing historically accurate models with source materials.

Vision
1. To explore and develop computer graphics technologies and digital interactive techniques as a tool for scholarly humanities research.

2. To reveal a new potential for the fields of archeology and history, with fundamentally new ways for exploring and discovering the words, maps, and images of humanity's past.

3.To immerse audiences in the glory of ancient Rome.

Contributors
Bernard Frischer
Dean Abernathy
University of Virginia

Gabriele Guidi
Politecnico di Milano

Joel Meyers
Past Perfect Productions

Cassie Thibodeau
Antonio Salvemini
mental images GmbH

Pascal Müller
Procedural Inc.

Peter Hofstee
Barry Minor
IBM