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MODEL CITIZEN Ancient Rome revealed in stunning detail by ‘most accurate model ever’ that took historian 35 years to build

Charlotte Edwards

15th July 2019, 10:32 am
Updated: 16th July 2019, 6:21 am

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ROME was not built in a day and the ‘most accurate’ model of Ancient Rome is testament to this as it took archaeologist Italo Gismondi 35 years to build.

The Plastico di Roma imperiale (model of imperial Rome) was actually commissioned by Mussolini in 1933 and is so realistic that a few shots of it were used in the film Gladiator.

The model took over three decades to make

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The model took over three decades to make

The model can be viewed today in the Museum of Roman Civilisation in Rome, Italy.

It is so useful because it helps a lot of academics visualise Rome to aid their studies and gives a lot more context to famous structures, like the Colosseum, which we are used to seeing as stand alone buildings.

Roman cities were laid out so efficiently that it can also teach us more and inspire us about infrastructure in modern society.

For example, the city of Bath in England has a Roman layout and Roman baths and similarities can be seen between it and the model.

The model is very intricate and very accurate

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The model is very intricate and very accurate

The model can be seen here in this scene from the film Gladiator

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The model can be seen here in this scene from the film Gladiator

The model is useful for academics as well as tourists

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The model is useful for academics as well as tourists

Gismondi kept adding to his model of 4th century AD Rome until three years before his death at the age of 87.

He made it all from alabaster plaster, with metal and plant fibre reinforcements.

It is now regarded as the most important source for how ancient Rome looked as it was based on a series of 46 maps that detail ancient Rome in very precise detail.

Mussolini told Italo Gismondi to make the model, which he continued to do for most of his life

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Mussolini told Italo Gismondi to make the model, which he continued to do for most of his life

The river Tiber also features

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The river Tiber also features

Originally commissioned as a piece of propaganda to link Mussolini’s fascist regime to the great Roman Empire, today the model allows visitors from all over the world to connect modern day Rome with the ancient Romans and how they realistically used to live.

You can see the Circus Maximus where chariot races occurred

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You can see the Circus Maximus where chariot races occurred

All the buildings were constructed in great detail

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All the buildings were constructed in great detail

A brief history of the Roman Empire

Here’s what you need to know…

The Roman Empire began shortly after the founding of the Roman Republic in the 6th century BC and reigned for thousands of years until the fall of the last Western emperor in 476 AD
During this time, the Romans ruled over most of Europe and parts of Africa and the Middle East
At its height, 90 million people lived in the Roman Empire
It evolved from a monarchy to a democratic republic and finally to a military dictatorship
One of the most well-known Roman emperors is Julius Caesar, famously assassinated in 44BC, who is largely credited for his military mind and laying the foundations for the Roman Empire
The spread of the Roman Empire has had a lasting impact on our lives today with Latin, straight roads, underfloor heating and the spread of Christianity all being attributed to the Romans

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Author: nobullwithragingrobert

Was a drama critic at Manhattan College. Wrote professionally for Bergen News, Sun Bulletin . Alpha Sigma Lambda, Beta Theta. Has seen over 600 shows worldwide, has published both on Theater and Politics. Avid reader on many subjects and writers. Chief Drama critic for Metropolitan magazine. Writes for Jerrick media, American conservative, The City Journal and Reason magazine. Has produced shows both on and off Broadway.

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