Resource Roundup: Topography of Rome

July 19, 2010

I got a mysterious email from GIL (UGA’s online library catalog) this past week.  Someone sent me the catalog record for Platner and Ashby’s Topographical Dictionary of Ancient Rome.  The mystery part is, there was no note or accompanying email from anyone I know explaining that they’d sent it to me because…   Possibly the catalog is developing HAL-like tendencies and wants to tell me something.  I’m choosing to take it as a sign from the universe that I should do a blog post about resources for the topography of Rome.

catalog record for Plattner and Ashby

I originally put these together for a page of resources for the UGA Study Abroad summer program in Rome.  A big part of the curriculum is the topography of Rome class, and there are now many wonderful digital resources available on this topic.

  • Google Earth Ancient Rome 3D Requires the download of Google Earth; Rome is presented is 320 C.E.
  • Rome Reborn (UVA) This academic consortial project began in 1997 and furnished the models for the Google Earth Ancient Rome layer; their goal is to model the city from ca. 1000 B.C.E. to 550 C.E.
  • Aquae Urbis Romae (UVA) A cartographic exploration of the relationship between Rome’s water supply and urban development; currently explores 750 B.C.E to 1700 C.E.
  • Digital Roman Forum (UCLA) Displays images of the buildings in the Forum on June 21, 400 C.E.
  • Interactive Nolli Map (Oregon) Exploration of various aspects of Giambattista Noli’s 1748 map of Rome, with maps and essays.
  • Digital Forma Urbis Romae (Stanford) The 1186 fragments of the Severan Marble Plan of Rome (ca. 203-211 C.E.), with essays and bibliography.
  • Lacus Curtius (Chicago) Includes a gazetteer of Rome (Topographia Urbis Romae) and the full text of Platner and Ashby’s Topographical Dictionary of Ancient Rome.

Not Rome, but Roman, and very cool: Google Street View now includes Pompeii!

(The mystery eventually got solved – our Reference copy of Platner and Ashby has gone walkabout.  While the Circulation staff does a search, if you’re the person who wanted it, let me know – I’ll hook you up with the online version!)


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