Ancient Agora in Athens
Late next year, Foundation of the Hellenic World's (FHW) innovative
cultural center/museum, Hellenic Cosmos, will feature an immersive
virtual tour of Agora, the heart of ancient Athens.
For the development
of this stunning virtual reality (VR) presentation in advance of
the 2006 opening of a state-of-the-art immersive 128-seat domed
theater, the Foundation of the Hellenic World (FHW), a not-for-profit
cultural institution in Athens, Greece, selected visualization
technology from Silicon Graphics.
The Agora's buildings were the center of public
life, a site of political meetings, commercial transactions, the
administrative center and also the judicial and religious center
of the city. Socrates often met his disciples there, in the shade
of the Stoa of Zeus Eleutherios. The ruins of the Agora can be
visited today, below the hill where the Acropolis stands, but for
the first time, visitors and residents of Athens will be able to
tour the ancient Agora immersively and interactively, filled with
the living, breathing activities of its long history.