If you’ve ever dreamed of strolling through the streets of Ancient Rome — you’re probably out of luck. But thanks to a detailed 3D rendering of the city, created by Rome Reborn and Khan Academy, you can get a good sense of the city’s grandeur and epic scope.
The video shows Rome as it looked back in 320 AD, at the peak of its urban development, according to Indiana University professor Bernard Frischer, who leads the project. Just a decade later Emperor Constantine moved the capital to present-day Istanbul — then called Constantinople — and the city of Rome began to decline.
The video flies you around a city which, at the time, had between one and two million residents. Vox points out that this makes it bigger than every US city except New York, LA, Chicago, and Houston. This massive population had to be serviced by large aqueducts, which brought water into the city — one of Rome’s great innovations.
The video shows you landmarks like the Circus Maximus, which housed the famed chariot races, as well as animal hunts and parades.
Here is the video: