Rome Reborn – An Amazing Digital Model of Ancient Rome

in History | March 12th, 2012

What did ancient Rome look like in A.D. 320? Rome Reborn is an international initiative to answer this question and create a 3D digital model of the Eternal City at a time when Rome’s population had reached its peak (about one million) and the first Christian churches were being built. The result is a truly stunning bird’s-eye and ground view of ancient Rome that makes you feel as if you were actually there. There are also some high-resolution images that lend themselves perfectly to being used as wallpaper for your computer. HT @amishare

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By profession, Matthias Rascher teaches English and History at a High School in northern Bavaria, Germany. In his free time he scours the web for good links and posts the best finds on Twitter.

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  1. T. says . . .
    March 12, 2012 / 11:47 am

    Some old thoughts when stumbling across a small museum on Germany’s population in those (and earlier) times:

  2. Jonathan Puckridge says . . .
    March 12, 2012 / 9:30 pm

    Does anyone know the composer/performers of the music used in this video? Beautiful.

  3. Dan Colman says . . .
    March 12, 2012 / 10:57 pm

    My trusty Shazam app says Long Past Gone by Jami Sieber.


  4. Eric says . . .
    November 1, 2013 / 6:28 pm

    Now if they could put the “then & now” slider on this (was that on Google Maps?)–slide the control right or left and it reveals the city as it is now or back to the recreation.

  5. Bart says . . .
    November 10, 2013 / 12:55 pm

    The electric chair and the atomic bomb.

  6. Bart says . . .
    November 10, 2013 / 12:56 pm

    My bad, wrong topic.

  7. Moisu00e9s u00c1nton Bittner says . . .
    November 10, 2013 / 8:23 pm


  8. d says . . .
    November 10, 2013 / 10:15 pm

    That’s very good for a historical overview, but the rendering and textures do feel a bit dated…

  9. Blip says . . .
    November 11, 2013 / 3:31 pm

    I wish it had talking but other than that it was a very good videon

  10. Dennis_Moore says . . .
    December 27, 2013 / 8:45 am

    Thanks for the use of the proper A.D. Vimeo uses 300 “C.E.”. Yuck.

  11. Vinny Vyas says . . .
    March 14, 2015 / 6:16 am

    what a increabile view of Ancient Rome. Amazing use of 3D technology. How technology is growing. Love the video. Music is so calming

  12. Betty Steckman says . . .
    July 6, 2015 / 5:12 pm

    Very nice…but it all seems too clean and uncluttered. Way too few sculptures (e.g. inside the Pantheon, around the Colosseum), too few people, the streets are neat and clean, the buildings look very sleek and modern. No air pollution from all the wood being burned for heat, warm bath water, cooking, baking… Still, an interesting video.

  13. Greg Ramsey says . . .
    August 5, 2015 / 6:33 pm

    The people look like ants.

  14. Chuck Larsen says . . .
    August 9, 2015 / 6:35 pm

    Incredible views of The Eternal City. We were there last year and want to go back someday for a longer stay. This puts what we saw in a whole different perspective. Thank you.

  15. Andy says . . .
    February 15, 2016 / 4:43 am

    Today romans claim they are better than the other because of their past (which was built by other populations). They are arrogant and unworthy of their past. The city is filthy and the illegality is anywhere. This video is much better than a real visit

  16. Victor says . . .
    March 2, 2016 / 12:06 am

    Nice video, but absolutely impossible to say this is what Rome looked like in 320AD. All they did is add the main structures, and filled in everything else with rendered small to medium sized structures, and said “Yep, this is what Rome looked like” Pure rubbish!

  17. trey says . . .
    November 4, 2016 / 11:07 am


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