All Roads Lead to Rome with New 3D VR Experience

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Attention all history buffs! All Roads Lead to Rome once again as a new Virtual Reality and 3D digital model experience from Flyover Zone Productions hits online stores. It’s appropriately called Rome Reborn, and it began in 1996 as a digital humanities project at the University of California involving architectural historians, archaeologists, classicists and 3D modelers tasked with recreating the urban development of the ancient metropolis. Beginning in the year 320, the experience tracks the changes in the architectural landscape as Emperor Constantine’s decree that Christianity become the state religion prompted the construction of many churches and basilicas amidst the older pagan fixtures.

As you can see in the video above, the self-guided tour features commentary by Rome Reborn Director Bernard Frischer and transports the viewer into a virtual hot air balloon ride over the city. The app provides more than two hours of content and explores more than 7,000 structures including notable landmarks such as the Baths of Diocletian, the Circus Maximus, the Colosseum, the Mausoleum of Augustus, and many more, all set within their urban context. The Time Warp feature compares the ancient city with contemporary Rome. “A Flight over Ancient Rome” is now on sale in these online stores:

Windows Store:
microsoft.com/…/rome-reborn-fligh…/9pmbl4rw278w…

Mac Store:
itunes.apple.com/…/rome-reborn-flight…/id1420408243…

GearVR:
oculus.com/experiences/app/2093812247356634/

Rift:
oculus.com/experiences/rift/1956900951038026/

Go:
oculus.com/experiences/go/2093812247356634/

About Author

Jason Kushner is a videographer, editor, writer and filmmaker living in the Greater Atlanta Area. With an educational background combining film and journalism, Kushner has shot video and written for a myriad of publications and multimedia projects including Creative Loafing Tampa, TBO.com, Starline Films and Digital Signage Connection. His 2009 documentary American Colonies: Collapse of the Bee became an Official Selection at 12 international film festivals, won Best Documentary at the 2009 Central Florida Film Festival and a John Muir Gold Award at the 2009 Yosemite Film Festival.  In 2015, he became Digital Media Editor for Digital Signage Expo, LightShow West and LED Specifier Summit and has since become Digital Content Manager for those shows’ parent company, Exponation.

1 Comment

  1. Dear Mr. Kushner,

    On behalf of the little Rome Reborn team, I write to thank you for your wonderful article. We’ve posted it on our Facebook page, and it’s getting lots of views and likes.

    We will be releasing two new apps in the next couple of weeks–one presenting the Pantheon, the other the Colosseum and nearby monuments. If all goes well, we’ll keep working our way through the city the next two-three years, perhaps reaching a grand total of 15-20 apps on ancient Rome. We also hope to publish similar apps devoted to other cultural heritage sites elsewhere, including Baalbek, Pompeii, and–if we can find a sponsor–Athens.

    Keep up the great work!

    Yours,
    Bernard Frischer

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