One of my interests is Roman-era Ancient Corinth. Christoph, here at uni, recently pointed out to me a cool tool that helps recreate and visualise ancient (or modern) sites. I had a quick go with the Temple of Apollo from Ancient Corinth…
First, I set a plan of the ancient city as the base of the reconstruction:
Second, I made a quick reconstruction of the Apollo temple, using the “blueprint” on the map to get the dimensions and features vaguely right (I wasn’t attempting to be exact or complete) :
Third, I was able to view the reconstructed temple from any perspective, and imagine how it might have looked in relation to other parts of the city:
Here’s what this site looks like in reality, at the present time… The temple of Apollo is at the top left:
And the best thing is that this software is free – it’s “Google Sketch Up” – and obviously there are way more features than I’ve noticed in the few minutes I’ve spent trying it out. Cool, huh?