Monday, 18 June 2012


The first step in my research is a brief review of what has been done before in this field.
Due to its popularity and its relevance, Pompeii is the focus of a huge amount of studies as well as 3d visualisations. For the purpose of my dissertation I will only consider the ones dedicated to the Temple of Isis.

The following is a list of the projects I have found reading catalogs and browsing the internet. If you know other other examples of unification concerning the Temple of Isis in Pompeii I would be happy to include them in my review.

Iside il mistero, il mito, la magia (Catalogue of an exhibition held at the Palazzo Reale, Milan, Feb. 22-June 1, 1997)

Monday, 11 June 2012

We all love Vitruvius

But above all I want to thank him for answering all my questions about Vitruvius and his translations!

Looking forward to the next Digital Classicists conference at Senate House Library

Sunday, 10 June 2012

So far so close

“The strangest thing I saw on my travels was Pompeii, where you feel as if you have been transported back into the ancient world; even if you normally believe only proven facts, here you feel as if, just by being there, you know more about the place than any scholar”
Excavation of the Temple of Isis.
From Hamilton, Campi Flegreii
When it was discovered in 1748 Pompeii was something so incredible that it influenced artistic and cultural trends all across Europe. 
Not only archaeologists but also artists, politicians and intellectuals were eager to see (and describe) such a unique place.
Sthendal, Mozart, Dickens and even Napoleon himself are just a few of the many personalities that have been affected by the fascination for the past. 

In spite of the enthusiastic tone of old records and contemporary touristic guides, visiting Pompeii today can be a very disappointing experience for the average tourist, especially if compared with such high expectations.

In the first place, almost all the artefacts and the portable items have been removed from the site and are now exhibited in the Archaeological Museum of Naples (which is 30 km away from Pompeii).
Moreover, little or no information is given to the visitor to support his/her understanding of an ancient Roman city.

I believe the dislocation between the site and the museum along with the lack of information available to the public also breaks the emotional connection between the visitor and the ancient remains resulting in a scarce experience.

I want to investigate if 3d visualisation, when combined with tailored communication strategies, can enhance the visitor’s reception of the cultural heritage and make the experience more engaging and rewarding.

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Day One

Photographic Illustration for Bulwer-Lytton's
The Last Days of Pompeii. From victorianweb
Hi everyone!
I am a postgraduate student in Digital Humanities at King’s College London.
I am writing my MA dissertation and I have created this blog to share notes, links, and bibliography.

My topic is the use of 3D digital visualisation to enhance visitor’s reception of archaeological material. The case study is the digital unification of the Temple of Isis in Pompeii with the artefacts exhibited in the National Archaeological Museum in Naples.
My supervisors are Martin Blazeby and Drew Baker, King's Visualisation Lab.

I am developing a synthetic 3d model of the Temple. I will also try to define a strategy to deliver this kind of complex product to different audiences and in different user contexts.

If you have comments or suggestion, feel free to post them.