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Meta-Sites: Links to More Information

  • The Rome Project. A vast collection of resources about the Roman world, including archaeology, literature, military, politics, philosophy, religion, theater, and maps of Rome.
  • Lacus Curtius: Into the Roman World. Includes a Roman Gazeteer, list of 1700 RomanSites, texts, atlas, Smith's Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, and selections from Platner's Topography of Ancient Rome.
  • Perseus Project, an evolving digital library on ancient Greece and Rome. Images, texts, maps, essays, on-line Greek-English and Latin-English lexicons, plus much more. Great site for students of Greek and Roman art, archaeology, history, literature, and language.
  • Princeton Encyclopedia of Classical Sites
  • VRoma Links to other sites.

On-Line Courses

The Roman world: Introductory

Tellus Relief of the Ara Pacis
The Goddess Italia and images of prosperity, Altar of Peace, Rome

Images and Museums

Excavations, Projects, and Specific Sites

  • Aquae Urbis Romae: The Water of the City of Rome is a cartographic history of 2800 years of water infrastructure and urban development in Rome (Katherine Wentworth Rinne)
  •, official website of the Roman imperial forums, contains a brief history of Rome, a description of the Forums area, life in antique Rome
  • Christian Catacombs of Rome
  • Digital Augustan Rome (David Gilman Romano) is based on the reearch done originally for the book Mapping Augustan Rome, but is envisioned as a living resource that continually adds new information. It includes maps at 1:6000 and 1:3000 that inlcude over 150 sites. Each site has a separate entry describing it during the time of Augustus.
  • Digital Roman Forum a UCLA team created a digital model of the Roman Forum c. 400 CE; includes descriptions of the major monuments and 3D models of many of them.
  • Lanciani's Forma Urbis Romae ( maps of the city of Rome from Rodolfo Lanciani's excavations, 1893-1901)
  • Forum Romanum includes photos and descriptions of the major buildings in the Roman Forum (Rene Seindal)
  • Great Buildings On-Line: Brief descriptions of major architectural achievements throughout the world. Click on Search and search by name of the city you are interested in.
  • Homo Faber. Nature, Science and Technology in Ancient Pompeii. How did Romans measure time, build roads, make pottery? Find out here.
  • Horace's Villa. A fantastic site that includes photographs, axonometric drawings, QuickTime movies of Horace's Villa in Licenza, plus descriptions of new excavations at the site sponsored by the American Academy in Rome and the Archaeological Superintendency for Lazio of the Italian Ministry of Culture.
  • Imperial Fora Virtual Tour. Tour the fora built by Caesar, Augustus, Trajan, and others (
  • Obelisks in Rome
  • Ostia: Harbour of Ancient Rome
  • Pompeii: The Last Day Quiz (Discovery Channel). How much do you know about the eruption that buried Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Stabiae?
  • Pompeian Households: An On-Line Companion includes detailed documentary information on 30 Pompeian houses and their contents, consisting of 865 rooms and more than 16,000 artifacts.
  • Pompeii Forum Project. See especially the section for students and teachers.
  • Viewing Pompeii, walk-throughs, panoramas and other visual resources for the Pompeii Forum Project
  • Pompeii Series of Podcasts (University of Cincinnati) cover the eruption of Vesuvius, tombs, human remains, Roman medicine, food, gladiators, and commerce
  • Roman Bath, a companion Web site to the NOVA program "Roman Bath," scheduled for broadcast on February 22, 2000. In the film, an international crew of archeologists, engineers, and historians designs, builds, and tests a functioning Roman bath!
  • Roman Building Technology and Architecture (Fikret Yegul)
  • Roman Villa at Hechingen-Stein in Germany. Features a virtual tour through the villa!
  • Rome Reborn: A Digital Model of Ancient Rome is developing 3D digital models illustrating urban development of Rome from 1000 BCE to 500 CE.
  • San Clemente. A journey through time in one location: strata include the city mansion of Titus Flavius Clemens, Mystery cult of the Persian god Mithra, and three successive churches of San Clemente.
  • Stanford Digital Forma Urbis Romae Project is digitizing fragments an ancient map of Rome in hopes of understanding the ancient city
  • Trajan's Column contains several excellent essays The Emperor Trajan and his Forum, Experiencing Trajan's Column, and Carving Trajan's Column, a database of 500+ images of the column, and a link to the 1998-2000 excavations. (

Good Books

Ramps at the amphitheater at Pompeii

Amphitheater, Pompeii

Photo credits: View of the Arch of Titus through the Arch of Septimius Severus, from the Capitoline Hill, courtesy of the Forum Group, VRoma Project

Relief sculpture of Italia/Tellus, Ara Pacis Augustae (13-9 BCE), courtesy of AICT, VRoma Project

exterior view of the amphitheater at Pompeii (ca. 80 BCE), courtesy of AICT, VRoma Project

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