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Ancient Rome 3D

Found In: Social Studies, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Use Google Earth to visit Rome under Emperor Constantine in AD 320. A brief video (1:50) will introduce you to Ancient Rome 3D. (Ancient Rome 3D requires the Google Earth software, which can be downloaded for free.)

Ancient Rome 3D is a collaboration between Google Earth and the Rome Reborn Project at the University of Virginia and lets teachers and students explore 7,000 buildings. More than 200 of the better-known buildings and features are marked with information balloons, which link to descriptions and related on-line resources.

Related Lessons

K-12 teachers can find lessons designed by other teachers for Ancient Rome 3D.

  • In “Archy the Arch,” students in grade 3 apply math, map, and data collection skills to discover to which of seven arch structures Archy is most closely related.
  • In “A Tour of Rome Fit for an Emperor,” Latin students in grades 9-12 create a tour and tour guide and use their knowledge of Latin grammar to write short phrases in Latin.


Students can explore Ancient Rome or follow an itinerary, or teachers with more Google Earth experience can record and save tours highlighting specific features. Advanced Tutorials show how to record, save, share, and customize tours.

For anyone unfamiliar with Google Earth’s many features, Google provides tutorials for beginners and advanced users. Another set of tutorials shows how users can make 3D models of buildings.

Subject Matter Resources

The classroom resources page describes features specifically designed for students and teachers.

Teachers can find subject-specific suggestions for using Google Earth in:

  • biology
  • ecology
  • environmental and earth science
  • global awareness
  • history
  • social studies
  • humanities
  • art history
  • architecture
  • English
  • literature
  • math




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