The Digital Hadrian’s Villa allows visitors to examine sections of site via plans, images, 360° panoramic views, as well as 3D walkthroughs. It also includes videos and interviews with prominent scholars. This is an amazing, and free, resource for scholars and laypersons interested in Roman history and archaeology!
Today, Smithsonian Magazine highlights the incredibly engineering know-how of Ancient Rome’s builders. The Romans invented architectural techniques such as the true arch and the dome as well as critical materials, like concrete. While Roman buildings materials are not nearly as strong as what we have today, their enduring power can be seen all over Europe, Northern Africa, and Western Asia.
The History Channel has posted an amazing video deconstructing the Colosseum. It’s a very short, less than 2 minute video. If you have any interest in the inner-workings of the Colosseum, check out the video at this link.
Any student of my classes or listener of my old Archaeology Podcasts (2008 Classical Archaeology and 2009 Classical Archaeology) you know that I believe the Pantheon to be the most magnificent still existing classical buildings. It truly should be on everyone’s ‘bucket list.’
While images never do it justice (you really must see it in person), CNN has a short video blog highlighting the beauty of the building as well as its history. It’s well worth checking out!