Ancient Rome in 3D on Google Earth

In Novem­ber, Google launched  a 3D tour of Ancient Rome, cir­ca 320 AD. The tour, pro­duced with the help of the Rome Reborn project at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Vir­ginia, fea­tures over 6,000 build­ings, some ren­dered in fine detail, and it includes some inte­ri­ors as well. The Colos­se­um, the Roman Forum, the Basil­i­ca Julia, the Tem­ple of Ves­ta — they’re all there. The video above intro­duces you to the tour, and shows you how to access it on Google Earth. (The soft­ware can be down­loaded here). I should note that Google just held a com­pe­ti­tion that let edu­ca­tors devel­op his­to­ry lessons (aimed at high school stu­dents) using ele­ments of the 3D Tour. The win­ners and their lessons can be found here.

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