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Prof. Bernard Frischer

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Professor of Informatics

Phone: (812) ***-****  HQ Phone
Local Address: Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
Indiana University
107 E 6Th Street
Bloomington, Indiana 47408
United States

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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
  • Board of Trustees Member
    American Academy in Rome
  • Fellow
    American Academy in Rome


  • Ph.D. , Classical Philology
    University of Heidelberg
  • BA , Classics
    Wesleyan University
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Web References
"When we unveiled the model in ... [cached]
"When we unveiled the model in Rome last year, I said that our next challenge was to find a way to publish it to the Internet so that everyone could use it," said Bernard Frischer, director of the "Rome Reborn" project and director of the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities - or IATH - at U.Va.
"By several orders of magnitude, 'Rome Reborn' is the most ambitious such project ever undertaken," Frischer said. "The 'Rome Reborn' project is the continuation of five centuries of research by scholars, architects and artists since the Renaissance who have attempted to restore the ruins of the ancient city with words, maps and images. Now, through hard work by our interdisciplinary team, we have realized their seemingly impossible dream."
"Making the models available in Google Earth is another step in the creation of a virtual time machine which our children and grandchildren will use to study the history of Rome and many other great cities around the world."
Frischer said the next challenge is to create an online scholarly journal in which archaeologists can publish the three-dimensional models of the sites they are studying.
"Such a journal will offer an incentive to more scholars to create 3-D models of the great cities and sites in Egypt, Greece, South America, Africa and Asia," he said. : 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."
CAA 2009: Making History Interactive, 11 Feb 2014 [cached]
Bernard Frischer Director of the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities The University of Virginia 100 10th Street NE, Suite 103 Charlottesville, Virginia 22901 United States Tel. +1-434-243-4080
DLF Spring Forum 2005: San Diego, 28 Oct 2013 [cached]
Bernard Frischer is Director of the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities and Professor of Classics and Art History at the University of Virginia. Professor Frischer is a leading scholar in the application of digital technologies to humanities research and education. He is the founder and director of the Cultural Virtual Reality Lab at UCLA, which uses three-dimensional computer modeling to reconstruct cultural heritage sites. Frischer has overseen many significant projects, including virtual recreations of the Roman Colosseum and the Roman Forum. Frischer's research career reflects his interest in interdisciplinary approaches, and has included studies in the literature, philosophy, art history and archeology of Greece and Rome. He is the author of four books, including Shifting Paradigms: New Approaches to Horace's Ars Poetica, and The Sculpted Word: Epicureanism and Philosophical Recruitment.
AIRC Archaeology Program - Faculty, 7 Feb 2011 [cached]
Bernard Frischer, professor and Director of IATH at the University of Virginia
Dr. Bernard Frischer, philologist and archaeologist
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