This demo movie is a brief summary of a much wider commercial product from Altair 4 Multimedia, called “Ancient Rome in 3D”.
The multilanguage DVD includes several videos created with a mixed use of live images and 3D animations able to recreate some of the most amazing architectural complexes of the Imperial Rome. 7 main chapters introduce: the Roman Forum, the Pantheon, the Baths of Caracalla, the Theateer of Pompeo, the Forum of Augustus, the Colosseum and the Palatine Hill.
Some of the 3D models are impressive: the huge model of the city of Rome, as it was at the Age of Constantine, is an excellent “tool” to understand the high level of urban density of city.
The sequence of the Forum of Augustus, with the visual trasitions between the digital model and real images of the place, as it is today, is a great example of how CG graphics can tremendously help the process of learning and understanding the history of one of the most complex and layered place in the world.
Very interesting is also the reconstruction of the incredible Domus Aurea – the Golden House of the Emperor Nero – which has been the largest private palace ever built by an emperor in Rome and that was almost completely destroyed by the following emperors.
There is also an interactive section in which is possible to “navigate” some of the digital models. Unfortunately the options are limited to few of them and it would have been great to have the opportunity of navigating the big model of the City.
In the “extra” section – among other short movies – it is presented an early digital work (2001) about a roman Villa in Pompei that has been realized in collaboration with the University of Tokyo.