Dienstag, 12. Januar 2016, 18:15 - 19:30 iCal

Can Virtual Reality Really

Put Us in the Shoes of the Ancient Observer?

The Case of Public Architecture, Space and Identity in Hellenistic and Roman Imperial Poleis in Asia Minor.


Simon Young, M.A.

(University of Melbourne)

Seminarraum 12 am Institut für Klassische Archäologie
Franz-Klein-Gasse 1 / 1. Stock, 1190 Wien


As affordable 3D visualisation technology improves at a breathtaking pace, digital renderings of ancient cityscapes are now commonly employed in archaeological presentations and publications. With the development of a variety of head mounted virtual reality devices, many of which are set to hit the market in early 2016, it will not be long before this techonology is used for archaeological demonstrations. Yet, as we strive for ever more photorealistic digital simulations of the ancient world, we must pause to assess the real usefulness of employing such technology to communicate archaeological theories and findings, and consider potential pitfalls that we may fall into in our haste to embrace these exciting new developments.


Institut für Klassische Archäologie


Günther Schörner
Historisch-Kulturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Institut für Klassische Archäologie