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Archaeologists from the University of Cambridge have created a “supercomputer” capable of simulating the ancient Roman architecture of the cities they’ve excavated.
Using an array of high-end artificial intelligence systems and a massive network of simulated cities, the team has simulated the ancient architecture of Rome, Alexandria, Alexandria II, and Pompeii in their own minds, allowing them to model how they would have looked, lived, and worked.
The team created their “ancient Rome” with the help of a variety of technology, including the “Google” project and Google Maps.
Their simulated city is now being used to create a timeline of the city’s evolution, which will help archaeologists determine when, where, and how the city was built.
“Our goal is to build a database of all the buildings, monuments, and inscriptions in the Roman empire,” said lead researcher Simon Taylor.
“That way, we can go back and study the buildings and find out what was happening at each point in time.”
This simulation will also help researchers determine the “size and shape of the Roman city” and how its boundaries changed over time.
They also hope to create “the most detailed map of the ancient world,” in which they can “further explore the history of the Romans and the way they lived and lived differently from other civilizations around the world.”
This study is part of the Google Maps Project, an effort by Google to build an extensive, interactive map of its network of millions of locations around the globe.
As part of this project, the researchers have created the “anarchist republic” in which the “state” exists as a fictional entity, in which “citizens have the right to freely exercise their freedom to pursue their own lives and pursue their personal interests.”
This “republic” is actually just a map of what they call a “fictional republic,” and it’s the only one of its kind.
The map also contains “an array of artifacts, including bronze coins, Roman architectural plans, and statues.”
The map was created using a “topology algorithm” and an “geometry engine” that “gathers information on a grid” from “millions of locations,” Taylor said.
“It is like a virtual museum.”
They’ve even been able to “solve the age of the world,” which they say “can be dated to approximately the first millennium B.C.,” by studying the “distinct patterns in the distribution of Roman artifacts” from that time.
“The map we’re building is really the ultimate museum piece,” Taylor told Ars.
“If you look at it, you will see the architecture of ancient Rome.
You will see how the Roman people lived, what they ate, how they travelled, and the number of places they built.
And you will get to see the buildings that are there.”
The city is also “the oldest known depiction of the constellation Virgo in the sky,” which is “the first astronomical object in the world” that can be “seen in the skies.”
And it “was built by the Romans as the largest, most complex, and most beautiful city in the whole Roman Empire,” Taylor added.
“In fact, it is the most beautiful Roman city in our knowledge.”
The researchers plan to expand their project to other “ancients,” including the ancient cities of “Crete” and “Caesarea.”
They also want to build “a giant Roman city of the future,” where “the Romans lived, how things worked, and what they wore.”
In other words, they want to see what the “future looks like” for these “anonymous, anonymous ancient civilizations.”
In their paper, they describe their project as “a new way to study and understand the ancient city of Rome.”
“We’re not looking at the buildings as monuments, we’re not studying the architecture as it was built,” Taylor explained.
Instead, “we’re trying to reconstruct what the Romans were like and how they lived, as well as what they did with their time.
Our goal is for these buildings to be able to tell us about the people who lived in them, and about the social dynamics of ancient societies.”