Traveling Through Ancient Rome with Dr. Frischer

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Embark on a fascinating journey through ancient Rome guided by Dr. Bernard Frischer's innovative video simulation. The virtual tour takes us over the majestic Tibre River, revealing the Temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus on the Capitoline Hill. This immersive experience is set in the year 320 AD, a time when Rome flourished under Emperor Constantine's rule, marking the pinnacle of its urban development.

Our aerial exploration continues to the Palatine Hill, adorned with palaces that reflect the city's grandeur. Circus Maximus and its colossal imperial palace come into view, showcasing the intertwining of entertainment and governance. The aqueducts, a testament to Roman engineering, demonstrate their mastery in providing water from distant mountains. The video highlights the significance of public spaces, including baths and markets, integral to daily life in ancient Rome.

As we soar above iconic landmarks like the Colosseum and Roman Forum, Dr. Frischer provides insights into their historical context. The Colosseum, once a part of Emperor Nero's Golden House, transforms into a symbol of public entertainment. The Roman Forum, a bustling hub, unveils the interconnectedness of civic, religious, and monumental structures. The Pantheon's unique architecture, with its interplay of circles and squares, captures the essence of Roman ingenuity.


1- In the virtual tour, which emperor's rule is highlighted as the pinnacle of urban development in ancient Rome?

2- What role do the aqueducts play in ancient Rome, showcasing Roman engineering mastery?

3- According to Dr. Frischer, what historical transformation does the Colosseum undergo?


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Parts of this lesson are based on: An article Smarthistory