A Virtual Reality App that Reconstructs Ancient Rome May Have Exploited Its Developers

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"The virtual reality tour of Rome at the heart of Rome Reborn started as a digital humanities project collaboratively developed by dozens of artists, classicists, archaeologists, and 3D modelers.... the ultimate goal of the project is to rebuild a shifting, interactive model of the city that extends from just before its mythical founding date in 753 BCE to the middle of the reign of the late Roman emperor Justinian around 550 CE, during the period of the Gothic Wars. Right now, viewers are limited to a bird’s eye flyover of the entire city, a tour of the Roman Forum, and a walk-through of the Basilica of Maxentius in the early 4th century CE. ..

...some digital humanists have questioned whether it is ethical to profit personally from a virtual project that has benefitted so mightily from the public investment in digital humanities and heritage preservation ... Frischer Consulting, which operates under the name Flyover Zone Productions, owns the copyrights for Rome Reborn. "

Source: Sarah Bond, "A Virtual Reality App that Reconstructs Ancient Rome May Have Exploited Its Developers," Hyperallergic, February 20, 2019, https://hyperallergic.com/480239/a-virtual-reality-app-that-reconstructs-ancient-rome-may-...