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Prof. Bernard Frischer

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Professor of Informatics

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Indiana University
107 E 6Th Street
Bloomington , Indiana 47408
United States

Company Description: Indiana University is one of the oldest state universities in the Midwest and also one of the largest universities in the United States with more than 110,000...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board Member
    Virtual World Heritage Laboratory
  • Board Member
    Rome Reborn
  • Board Member
    University of Virginia's Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities
  • Board Member
    Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities


  • Ph.D. , Classics
    University of Heidelberg
  • B.A. , Classics
    Wesleyan University
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2.06 Bernard Frischer, Professor, Indiana University
Educational leadership | Mr. D's Neighborhood [cached]
This tour is narrated mostly by Rome Reborn director and University of Virginia professor Dr. Bernard Frischer.
The video juxtaposes a magnificent digital rendering of ancient Rome around the year 320 to various modern and ancient images of artifacts, buildings and ruins. Dr. Frischer's narrative contains none of the boring, linear, rote stock pedantics of other Khan humanities videos. : In the News, 13 Nov 2008 [cached]
"In this case the layer is above ground and not below where it should be" from an archaeological point of view, said Bernard Frischer, the director of the University of Virginia's Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities.
Google had planned to activate the feature on Wednesday morning, but a spokesman said there would be a short delay because of technical difficulties. By Wednesday night, however, the feature was up and running. (Web visitors in the United States can watch a video demonstration of the feature at
For nearly three decades Professor Frischer has been the driving force of an effort to bring ancient Rome to virtual life. The Google Earth feature is based on his Rome Reborn 1.0, a 3-D reconstruction first developed in 1996 at the University of California, Los Angeles, and fine-tuned over the years with partners in the United States and Europe.
Of the 7,000 buildings in the 1.0 version, around 250 are extremely detailed. (Thirty-one of them are based on 1:1 scale models built at U.C.L.A.) The others are sketchier and derived from a 3-D scan of data collected from a plaster model of ancient Rome at the Museum of Roman Civilization here.
Archaeologists and scholars verified the data used to create the virtual reconstruction, although debates continue about individual buildings. "We're happy when scholars disagree with us," Professor Frischer said. "It makes for good scholarship."
The Rome Reborn model went through various incarnations over the years as the technology improved. Originally it was developed to be screened in theaters for viewers wearing 3-D glasses or on powerful computers at the universities contributing to the project, rather than run on the Internet. That all changed in June 2007, when Professor Frischer presented Rome Reborn at a news conference in Rome. The next day he received a call from Google Earth.
Professor Frischer said that now that Ancient Rome 3D would be available to millions, he hoped it would become a scholarly work in progress, open to changes and contributions from other scholars. "The great thing about digital technology," he said, is that it can be updated constantly "and supports different opinions."
"There's always something to discover," Professor Frischer said. He paused, then added, "Please don't make me say it, but, after all, Rome wasn't built in a day.", 13 May 2015 [cached]
Dr. Bernard Frischer - University of Virginia
Bernard Frischer is the author of five books and many articles on virtual heritage and on the Classical world and its survival. He received his B.A. in Classics from Wesleyan University in 1971 and his Ph.D. in Classics from the University of Heidelberg in 1975. He taught Classics at UCLA from 1976 to 2004. Since then he has been Professor of Art History and Classics at the University of Virginia, where he also serves as Director of the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities.
Rome Reborn, with Bernard Frischer | Classics Confidential, 4 Jan 2015 [cached]
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Rome Reborn, with Bernard Frischer Admin / November 19, 2011
Our interview this week features Professor Bernard Frischer, Director of the Virtual World Heritage Center at the University of Virginia.
Prof. Frischer's presentation at the conference had introduced the audience to a range of his current projects, which include a new virtual world model of Hadrian's Villa, new digital tools for restoring the polychromy of ancient sculptures, and 'Rome Reborn 2.2' - a spectacular digital model of the city of Rome as it appeared in 320CE.
In this interview, Prof. Frischer talks to us about what it means to be a 'virtual archaeologist', and how he came to be involved in this field. He also tells us more about the Rome Reborn project, which you can visit and explore for yourself by following this link. You can also read more about Prof. Frischer's work on his website.
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