Traveling Through Ancient Rome with Dr. Frischer

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Delve into the intricate tapestry of ancient Rome through the eyes of Dr. Bernard Frischer's groundbreaking video simulation. Navigating the cityscape of 320 AD, a pivotal era under Emperor Constantine, the tour begins over the Tibre River, revealing the monumental Temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus atop the Capitoline Hill. This immersive experience captures the essence of Rome's zenith in urban development.

The journey unfolds over the Palatine Hill, showcasing imperial palaces and Circus Maximus, seamlessly integrating entertainment and governance. The aqueducts, a testament to Roman engineering prowess, delivered water from distant mountains, sustaining the city's vitality. Dr. Frischer illuminates the significance of public spaces, such as baths and markets, providing a glimpse into the daily lives of ancient Romans.

As we soar over iconic landmarks like the Colosseum, the video unveils the transformation of Nero's Golden House into a symbol of public entertainment. The Roman Forum emerges as a dynamic center, interweaving civic, religious, and monumental structures. The Pantheon's architectural marvel, blending circles and squares, becomes a testament to Roman innovation.

In this aerial odyssey, Dr. Frischer's narrative sheds light on the complexity of ancient Rome, where the interplay of history, architecture, and daily life creates a vivid portrait of a civilization at its zenith.


1- During the virtual tour, which emperor ruled ancient Rome in the year 320 AD, considered a period of urban flourishing?

2- What engineering marvels do the aqueducts showcase in the video?

3- What transformation does the Colosseum undergo according to Dr. Frischer's insights?


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Parts of this lesson are based on: An article Smarthistory.