Photo Gallery: Ancient Rome Reborn in 3-D

Photo Gallery: Ancient Rome Reborn in 3-D
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The Colosseum

Aerial shots of Rome today reveal the clusters of modern buildings crowding in among the ruins of the Colosseum, originally called the Flavian Amphitheater when construction began in A.D. 70.

Despite being damaged over the years by earthquakes, vandalism, and pollution, the famed arena was recently declared among the new seven wonders of the world in a global online vote.

Rome Reborn users will be able to explore the Colosseum inside and out, including the mechanics involved in transporting huge props and wild beasts onto the field. Right now viewers "fly through" the virtual environments, but developers are also considering adding avatarscontrollable digital charactersto bring the 3-D city to life.

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