Dr. Bernard Frischer Lecture: Rome Reborn: 3D Reconstructions as Tools for Discovery

Bernard Frischer is a digital archaeologist who writes about virtual heritage, Classics, and the survival of the classical world. He received his Ph.D. in Classics from the University of Heidelberg. He followed his doctoral work in Germany with a two-year postdoc at the American Academy in Rome, where he studied Roman topography and archaeology. Dr. Frischer currently is a professor of Informatics at Indiana University.

The Rome Reborn project is an international initiative, launched in 1996, to create a 3D reconstruction of ancient Rome in AD 320. The model, which took 22 years to complete, makes it possible for newcomers to the subject of Roman topography and urban history to obtain a quick visualization of the monuments in their context in the city. The purpose of this talk is not to explore these instructional applications of the model but to draw out the uses of virtual reality as a tool of discovery.

• Sponsored by the Digital Scholarship Lab (DSL), the Institute for Digital Intermedia Arts (IDIA) and the Ancient Studies Program at Ball State University.

• Introduction by Provost Dr. Susana Rivera-Mills.

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