Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.)

DVD - 2016

How did the Romans produce some of the most impressive gladiatorial games ever seen in Europe? How did the Colosseum's mysterious roof really work? And how does the mighty Colosseum compare to the popular sports venues of the 21st century? Structural engineer Steve Burrows and his team of laser-scanning experts head to Rome on a quest to answer these questions and uncover some of the oldest mysteries of the ancient stadium.

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Arlington, VA : PBS Distribution [2016]
Physical Description
1 videodisc (approximately 60 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
DVD, widescreen (16x9) presentation; NTSC, Region 1; Stereo.
Production Credits
Structural engineer, Steve Burrows ; laser scanning team, Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies.
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Review by School Library Journal Review

Gr 10 Up-This series applies digital mapping software to ancient sites. Scientific crews use data scanners to visualize 3-D contours of archaeological ruins, creating a "point cloud" map that digitally reproduces the ruins in fabulous detail. Engineer Steve Burrows brings his expertise to the design and function of these ancient sites. Colosseum looks at the amphitheater's subterranean chambers, from where the gladiators, animals, and sets were lifted onto stage, as if by magic. Burrows also presents a novel idea regarding the placement of the Colosseum's awning system, claiming that the awning was not perched above the colosseum but rather set below in the seating, shading the upper classes seated near the action. A computer simulation reveals that the ancient building may have actually cleared its crowd traffic faster than modern stadiums. This episode has a heavy focus on a few engineering questions, which will engage some students, while others may find the emphasis tedious. Jerusalem highlights the Temple Mount and Herodium, King Herod's mountain palace, and handles effectively very complicated and sensitive history. This program also examines how ancient builders transported megaliths from quarry to construction site. The 3-D "point cloud" reconstructions of Herodium, which reveal the water cisterns within the mountain, are particularly impressive. VERDICT The series brings together multiple fields, including engineering, archaeology, and history. A very good resource for high school classrooms.-Jeffrey Meyer, Mount Pleasant Public Library, IA © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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