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Old January 25th, 2012, 04:48 PM   #41
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Wonderful images!

Those Constantinople images are especially impressive.
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Old January 26th, 2012, 03:16 PM   #42
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The great city of Constantinople
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Old January 26th, 2012, 10:38 PM   #43
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More from Monte Alban


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Monte Albán by melisub, on Flickr

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monte alban oaxaca mexico 3 by Elliot Stahl, on Flickr

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Monte Albán by melisub, on Flickr

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Old January 27th, 2012, 12:23 AM   #44
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Angkor

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Old January 27th, 2012, 12:43 PM   #45
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Angkor was truly amazing, the largest ancient/ pre-industrial city ever built, with a population of 1 million and covering 1000 sq. km, its nearest rival is Tikal in Guatemala, which covered 150 sq. km.
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Old January 27th, 2012, 06:06 PM   #46
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Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico

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Old January 28th, 2012, 12:40 AM   #47
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mmmmh ok, let's see what can we show from urbanscape in imperial Rome...

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(they're talking about reconstruction through anastylosis of this last temple...)

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I hope you all like these little reconstructions of some spare parts of a great city...
But I see a great lack of images of another "big one" in most beautiful ancient cities...Athens anyone? The Parthenon, the Acropolis?
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Old January 28th, 2012, 01:01 AM   #48
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Rome is a wonder. The first time I visited, I got so overwhelmed by its beauty that I literally had a shock. Its ancient past still is Imperial.
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Old January 28th, 2012, 02:14 AM   #49
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mmmmh ok, let's see what can we show from urbanscape in imperial Rome...

I hope you all like these little reconstructions of some spare parts of a great city...
But I see a great lack of images of another "big one" in most beautiful ancient cities...Athens anyone? The Parthenon, the Acropolis?
Rome is majestic. I was there a few months ago. As for the pictures, they are very nice...
As for Athens, I guess it is up to me.
Please visit this great site, it really worth it:
http://ancientathens3d.com/index.html
ATHENS
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The Acropolis

Parthenon

Propylaea

The Stoa of Eumenes

Shrine of Rome and Augustus

Herodeion

Theatre of Dionyssos

Asclepieion

sanctuary of Dionysus

Erechtheum


Agora

Stoa of Atalos

Odeion of Agrippa


Temple of Hephaistos, Temple of Ares, Metroon...

Stoa of Zeus

Middle Stoa, Odeion to the left

Nymfaion

Road to Roman Agora and the Library

Monopteros, Poikile Stoa, the Basilica

Temple of Demeter

The Library of Pantainos

Library of Hadrian, next to it the Roman Forum

The huge temple complex of Zeus at the outskirts
The temple of Olympian Zeus was probably the largest classical temple in Antiquity, the colums are 17m high
also temple of Panhellenios Zeus, temple of Apollo Delphinios, the temple of Cronos and Rea, the Arch of Hadrian...




Unfortunately the above 3Ds are a bit bland....And don't include any houses between the monuments. This picture is more detailed, alas small...
2nd century AD, looking south, the Panathinaic stadium and the above temple complex of Zeus left, the river is under a highway now...


Difficult to judge ancient cities. Also The ancient world ends between the 3rd-4th century, so not many foreign cities can challenge the classical world at that time frame.

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Old January 28th, 2012, 03:22 AM   #50
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Even though i expected Rome to be beautiful it still managed to amaze me...
There are so many layers of history in one setting it's beyond comprehension.
You'll find yourself wandering through the centuries gone by...

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...highlight=rome
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Old January 28th, 2012, 03:54 AM   #51
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I don't think we today can make any kind of informed judgement as to what ancient city was the most "beautiful", because virtually no ancient city survives in anything resembling it's original form.

What survives today is usually a bunch of monuments and palaces/temples, that doesn't really tell you much about the city as a whole. Modern recreations are usually lousy representations as well, since even the best ones tend to be made up of 90% conjecture, and there's a tendency to include buildings from different time periods in the same recreation. Not to mention the general lack of dirt, grime, run down areas and so forth in virtually all modern recreations.

Maybe we'd get closer to the truth if we look at what cities were considered especially beautiful in their own day. Of course, this means that it's difficult to compare cities in different regions that didn't have steady contact with each other. But for instance, in the Mediterranean world during antiquity, Alexandria was considered especially beautiful. Today, virtually nothing of classical Alexandria survives, since much of it were sunk into the harbor by a series of earthquakes.
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Old January 28th, 2012, 05:04 AM   #52
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If we're talking about cities in their prime of the bygone ancient era, then it's astonishing that no-one has mentioned Athens, for it was under the rule of Pericles, the most beautiful and influential city in the western world (and arguably the world), profoundly influencing Rome and of course later Constantinople and many other great cities of the ancient world.

Greece is widely considered as the birthplace of western civilization and Classical Athens, The Golden Age of Periclean Athens as it's often reffered to, was the height of those times.

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The Greeks, a people glorious and arrogant, valiant and headstrong. These were the men and women who laid the very foundations of western civilization. Their monuments still recall perhaps the most extraordinary two centuries in history. A time which saw the birth of science and politics, philosophy, literature and drama. Which saw the creation of art and architecture we still strive to equal. And the Greeks achieved all this against a backdrop of war and conflict. For they would vanquish armies, navies, empires, many times their size, and build an empire of their own which stretched across the Mediterranean. For one brief moment the mighty warships of the Greeks ruled the Seas, their prosperity unequalled. These achievements, achievements which still shape our world, were made not by figures lost to time, but by men and women whose voices we can still hear, whose lives we can still follow. Men such as Themistocles; one of the world's greatest military generals, Pericles; a politician of vision and genius, and Socrates; the most famous philosopher in history. This is the story of these astonishing individuals, of the rise and fall of a civilization that changed the world.
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Old January 28th, 2012, 05:08 AM   #53
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well, I don't know about other wonderful cultures from the past, but for the west there is a thing called Pompeii that is a exact picture of what a latin city look like, suddenly covered by pyroclastic flow from the vesuvius...they didn't even had the time to escape, the frescoes decorations on the walls of the many villas are simply stunning...there is not such a big amount of conjecture...
And I agree, there is no such a thing as a city "most beautiful of all". There are many most beautiful cities, and I enjoy a lot to see them and visit them (at least) virtually
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Old January 28th, 2012, 05:11 AM   #54
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And Thank You ayanamikun for the amazing view of the acropolis! The statue of Athena and the parthenon...well, what to say? Gorgeous!
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Old January 28th, 2012, 09:01 AM   #55
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Tikal, Guatemala

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Scanned from Davide Domenici"s book "Mexico Guia De Sitios Arqueologicos" page 114.


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Old January 28th, 2012, 01:58 PM   #56
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^ah that temple complex covered 2 sq. km, it would be the worlds largest religious building today, and bigger than the Forbidden City in Beijing (worlds largest palace). If you included the huge stone platforms the buildings were built on, the central pyramid would have been the world's largest ancient structure, larger than the pyramid of Cheops. However later on an even larger pyramid was built in Cholula, Mexico, twice as large as Cheops.




the Great Cholula Pyramid, currently buried in earth and so huge the Spanish thought it was a hill and built a church on top:




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mmmmh ok, let's see what can we show from urbanscape in imperial Rome...


(they're talking about reconstruction through anastylosis of this last temple...)
They really need to do this! I say reconstruct as much as is possible.

This really needs to go up again imo. It's utterly unique and iconic:


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Antiquity technically ends in the year 476 with the fall of the western Roman empire, some others consider it to end earlier with the capital transfer to Constantinople, or with the final end and closure of the Academy of Athens by the Christian emperors in the year 529, marking the end of classical civilization. In any case, the issue here is what we consider ancient city. Is it with the level of sophistication? Because to be honest here, Angor Vat for all intents and purposes was built in high middle ages, as were most pre-Colombian monuments in Americas. When Pantheon was built, Parthenon was as old as Angkor-Vat is old today...We need to keep perspective.
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Old January 28th, 2012, 04:13 PM   #59
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well there have been in the past some (utopical, for the economical world moment) project for a complete reconstruction of rome in 300 a.d. outside rome, there are some green area around rome and also in tuscany that could be a good choice. The reconstruction inside the now baroque ad reinassance city of rome must be as much archaeological accurate as possibile, for the reconstructions of an "historical park" other green areas are better... so for example the forum augustii it's ok, we got almost every part of the temple well conserved and catalogated, but for instance the second image, the mausoleum adrianii is now something else, it has been trasformed in a...castle!

here you are:



some old site about a project of reconstruction that didn't managed to see the light:
http://web.archive.org/web/199910121...m/parkinfo.htm

And we're talking about some projects in the italian forum, here is an informal proposal about an area indicated for the reconstruction:

http://img210.imageshack.us/img210/4...icostruita.png


Well, I guess we have to wait better times to see a project like that being financiated. A city of marbles is not the cheapest thing to build...and you know...rome wasn't REbuilt in a day!
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Asuka, Yamato
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Asuka (飛鳥?) was one of the Imperial capitals of Japan during the Asuka period (538 – 710 AD), which takes its name from this place. It is located in the present-day village of Asuka, Nara Prefecture.
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Asuka,Yamato>>Heijyokyo(平城京),Nara>>Heiankyo(平安京),Kyoto


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