Two Blasts from the Past
April 16, 2018 5:00 PM   Subscribe

 


You have a visceral hatred of ancient Rome? or is it the Mussolini connection? Hmmm.
posted by MovableBookLady at 5:33 PM on April 16


How much of the Rome model is pure guesswork, especially in regards to building heights?
posted by Beholder at 5:39 PM on April 16


imagine the smell
posted by thelonius at 5:41 PM on April 16


You have a visceral hatred of ancient Rome? or is it the Mussolini connection? Hmmm.

I just like the idea of being that large and stomping around Godzilla like causing destruction. The inner 7 yr old in me finds this appealing.
posted by Fizz at 5:41 PM on April 16 [3 favorites]




More heritage preservation.
Bagan - Myanmar
Al Azem Palace - Syria
Waikiki Natatorium War Memorial - United States
Cidade Velha - Cape Verde
Chankillo - Peru
Monastery of Geghard - Armenia
Lincoln Memoria - United States
Piazza del Duomo, Pisa - Italy
Pompeii - Italy
Fort San Lorenzo - Panama
San Antonio Missions - United States
Ancient Stabiae - Italy
Saint-Trophime - France
Tambo Colorado - Peru
Taos Pueblo - United States
Teotihuacán - Mexico
Tikal - Guatemala
Tower of London - United Kingdom
Templo Mayor - Mexico
And more.
posted by unliteral at 8:52 PM on April 16


How much of the Rome model is pure guesswork

I remember reading a lot about the Rome Reborn model. Basically they have human artists do the big buildings, but the small buildings are procedurally generated by mixing up architectural elements from known Roman buildings and fitting the footprints of the known locations. So the general style is right but the specifics are not. (There's actually a bunch of good software for doing procedurally generated architecture for games and movies such.)

Google and Cyark have also released 3D models of some large historical ruins, reconstructed automatically through imagery. Obviously those models are the current state of those sites, not their historical appearance. Here's their view of the ruins of Corinth. (These models are so detailed they'll only really work with a computer with a discrete GPU.)

I'd really like to do a VR headset walkthrough of one of these models, but I don't think anyone has made this easy yet.
posted by miyabo at 8:56 PM on April 16 [1 favorite]


David Bowie as the VR tour guide please! (h/t to Gibson)
posted by Meatbomb at 12:40 AM on April 17


it takes as its basis Rodolfo Lanciani's 1901 atlas the Forma Urbis Romae.

There is a good deal of conjecture, necessarily, in the atlas. Lanciani himself is an interesting fellow. Began as an engineer, hired by Prince Torlonia to make some records of Roman ruins near Portus that the prince had just bought, turned to archeology and among his other activities, began turning out a series of highly readable books (in English as well as Italian). Married an American.

imagine the smell

I wonder - was it that much worse than Manhattan in mid-July?
posted by BWA at 9:22 AM on April 17 [1 favorite]


I just like the idea of being that large and stomping around Godzilla like causing destruction. The inner 7 yr old in me finds this appealing

My nephew said the same concerning Jove, the Palatine, and cryptic passwords.
posted by clavdivs at 1:11 PM on April 17


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