Computer experts have unveiled an amazing virtual model of ancient Rome that allows website visitors to explore the city as it appeared in AD 320 — the most extensive historic recreation ever completed.
“This is the first step towards the creation of a virtual time machine, which our children and grandchildren will use to study the history of Rome and many other great cities around the world,” said University of Virginia project leader Bernard Frischer. The simulation will be used by researchers to determine such questions as the capacity of city buildings, and will be updated with each new archeological discovery. The simulation currently presents approximately 7,000 buildings, representing the era when Constantine was emperor and the population of the city was around one million. Explore for yourself at Rome Reborn.