3d model and reconstruction


All the visitors who, over the past two centuries, have walked around the archaeological area in Pompeii, have tried at least once to imagine what the town must have looked like before it was wiped out by the fury of the volcano.

It is possibly the relative architectural integrity of the urban texture (greater than other sites) that encourages the wish to get to know what the town originally looked like. The work done by Altair 4 is aimed at offering modern-day visitors a reconstruction which is detailed and at the same time scientifically rigorous of the town of Pompeii, as it might have appeared twenty centuries ago. All of the monuments reproduced have been studied and reconstructed in 3D with a scientific approach based on the most updated archaeological studies or even on drawings of the time, as well as on maps, photographs, aerial views, survey techniques or later scanning.

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At the time of the founding of the Sullan colony, Pompeii already had its own theater.

Two magistrates, Quintius Valgus and Marcus Porcius, the same who had the Amphitheater erected, decided to build another building for public entertainment (probably at their own expense), but which would be smaller and covered (theatrum tectum). The building plan recalls the assembly halls (the bouleutéria) of Greek cities, to such an extent that some scholars feel that this roofed theater was used as a meeting hall for the new colonists. The new structure was probably built for performances of a different nature than those put on in the Large Theater.

Like the Large Theater, this one was restored during the Augustan age by duovir Marcus Oculatius Verus, who had his name engraved in bronze letters in the orchestra, the space reserved for the chorus, to commemorate his efforts.  In this case as well, restoration consisted of embellishing the seating area (cavea), the stage and the orchestra floor with marble.