Google has launched Ancient Rome in 3D on Google Earth, enabling students to explore the historic city as it stood centuries ago.
Through Google Earth, students, teachers, tourists and historians can:
* View a virtual representation of the city in 320 AD at the height of its development as the capital of the Roman Empire.
* Fly around the city using Google Earth’s unique navigation.
* Explore more than 6,700 historic buildings.
* Zoom in to discover the detailed interiors of eleven ancient structures including the Colosseum.
* Learn about Ancient Rome through information bubbles written by expert historians.
Ancient Rome in 3D is one of the most extensive collections of three-dimensional buildings to be found on Google Earth. Within the Ancient Rome 3D layer, users can visit the Roman Forum, stand in the center of The Colosseum, trace the footsteps of the gladiators in the Ludus Magnus, stand on the Rostra, swoop over the Basilica Julia, fly under The Arch of Constantine, and examine the detail on the facade of the Basilica of Maxentius.
The project has been developed by Google in collaboration with Past Perfect Productions and the University of California, Los Angeles and IATH at the University of Virginia.
To view Ancient Rome 3D, go to the "Layers" panel of Google Earth, select "Gallery," then "Ancient Rome 3D."
Source: Google, www.google.com