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Building a (Virtual) Roman Emperor's Villa 50

Posted by timothy
from the fly-through-the-vomitorium dept.
Nerval's Lobster writes "Scientists have been using everything from supercomputing clusters to 3D printers to virtually recreate dinosaur bones. Now another expert is trying to do something similar with the ancient imperial villa built for Roman emperor Hadrian, who ruled from 117 A.D. to 138 A.D. Hadrian's Villa is already one of the best-preserved Roman imperial sites, but that wasn't quite good enough for Indiana University Professor of Informatics Bernie Frischer, who trained as a classical philologist and archaeologist before being seduced by computers into what evolved into the academic discipline of digital analysis and reproduction of archaeological and historical works. The five-year effort to recreate Hadrian's Villa is based on information from academic studies of the buildings and grounds, as well as analyses of how the buildings, grounds and artifacts were used; the team behind it decided to go with gaming platform Unity 3D as a key part of the simulation."
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Building a (Virtual) Roman Emperor's Villa

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    Dinosaur bones, Roman villas... can someone tell me why aren't we printing 3D boobs yet?

    Get with the program, science!

    • by Sarius64 (880298)
      They need to make sure it's authentic. Plenty of 3D slaves to go around. Romantics always think the work magically got accomplished ever day in ancient Rome.
      • Re:Oh, come on. (Score:5, Insightful)

        by cold fjord (826450) on Thursday November 21, 2013 @01:48PM (#45482843)

        Reminds me of this bit from Isaac Asimov -

        Woman: How pleasant it would be if only we lived a hundred years ago when it was easy to get servants.
        Isaac Asimov: It would be horrible... We'd be the servants.

    • Presumably because boobs come attached to their own self-replicating mechanism.

      • by Anonymous Coward

        Look, I think people who are in the market for 3D printed boobs don't want to wait 18 years and 9 months...

        • by g0bshiTe (596213)
          I'd go you one further and say they don't want to wait n hours for the printer to finish.
    • by g0bshiTe (596213)
      Need you ask? 3d boobs in plastic when there are much better alternatives? Like say, going out and finding you a woman that actually has real ones.
      • Clearly you don't understand the purpose of 3D printing. As Raj and Howard showed, you can print your own whistle. In only 3 hours!

    • by Smauler (915644)

      I'm always confused by this... moobs are _always_ bad, and they're justboobs on a man [wikipedia.org]. If people like boobs so much, there are probably plenty of candidates with them on this site.

      We've been making artificial boobs for decades, anyway.

    • Dinosaur bones, Roman villas... can someone tell me why aren't we printing 3D boobs yet?

      Get with the program, science!

      Umm, they are. Its just they are attached to 3d bodies of the real dolls. What I want to know is why is the first post an attack on the health care website. At this point, it will fail. 27,000? Yes, thats a death spiral. We will be worse off in 2016 but may this be a lesson that the policies of yesteryear don't work. We cannot force people to pay for what they don't want. Yes we have an obligation to help everyone. So yes health care will continue to be like it was. SMH

  • by rsmith (90057) on Thursday November 21, 2013 @12:43PM (#45482275) Homepage

    A flash website in 2013?

    • by g0bshiTe (596213)
      but, but, he'll save every one of us.
    • by trongey (21550)

      A flash website in 2013?

      and 2014, 2015, 2016. ....
      Just block Flash in your browser and you won't have to worry about it. There's nothing on a Flash site that would interest you anyway.

  • Sure, it can recreate an ancient villa, but can it run Crysis?
    • by g0bshiTe (596213)
      Yes, oddly it was also discovered their own flash enabled website caused the supercomputer to bog down.
    • Sure, it can recreate an ancient villa, but can it run Crysis?

      of course considering the age of Crysis now. my net-book can run Crysis. So can we kill this meem?

  • Give a copy to Minerva/Athena - Lazarus Long wants a house like that on Tertius

  • Westworld here we come...

    Time to take the toga out of my closet...hmmm Break glass in case of emergency, global warming qualifies as an emergency doesn't it?

    (Sound of glass shattering)

  • Seriously. What games will work with this model?

    I bet he didn't make any of it destructible.

  • To design a map for a video game?
  • I have to say that this is hardly new: people have been modelling archaeological reconstructions for quite a few years now. This may be larger than many, but it is hardly /. novel. Not that I am suggesting that it is not worth doing, or that the professor has not done well. But it is news for archaeological students and educators, not computer geeks.

  • by houghi (78078) on Thursday November 21, 2013 @02:58PM (#45483589)

    Why a Roman villa. Why not another one. I mean, what have the Romans ever done for us?

  • Too bad it wasn't released as an opensim OAR.

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