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: