Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Ancient Rome Comes to Life

Since launching, Google Earth has brought countless faraway places to life for millions of users, from the pyramids of Egypt to the ruins of Machu Picchu. Never before, however, have we been able to view and tour an ancient city in unbelievable detail. All that has changed with the recent launch of the Ancient Rome 3D Layer, a collaboration between Google, Past Perfect Productions, and the Rome Reborn Project that allows you to tour a collection of more than 6700 3D buildings created by students and scholars of history, archaeology and architecture. Read what the mayor of Rome said about the launch on the Official Google Blog.

To view the 3D layer in Google Earth, select the layer by clicking on "Ancient Rome 3D" which is located within the "Gallery". Using the Google Earth controls, you can swoop down from the satellite view to explore the ancient city from street to street and column to column. It's the closest we'll get to StreetView imagery from 320 AD!

Check out our video tour:

For tech-minded educators out there, we've also launched our first curriculum contest geared around a new layer in Google Earth. At earth.google.com/romecontest, K-12 teachers in the US can submit lesson plans that incorporate the new Ancient Rome in 3D layer for the chance to win fame, glory, and an awesome prize package. We're accepting submissions in any format from every subject area--from math to art history to philosophy--the only limit is your imagination!

Posted by Anna Bishop, Google Earth Education Team

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