Building in VRoma: Historic Building in the XIV Regions


What are the criteria for historic building in VRoma?












You can find images for your rooms in the VRoma Image Archive or similar collections.















You can consult the list of available buildings as well as the select bibliography to aid you in planning your VRoma building.

Historic Building Regulations
  • All historic building (public and domestic) must be accurate and authentic, supported by appropriate bibliography.
    1. Public: buildings (including MOO rooms and details) must have an attested existence in the specific location in Rome ca. 150 CE; MOO objects must have a plausible presence in this location and context
    2. Domestic: buildings must have existed in Rome at some period, though not necessarily in 150 CE (e.g., house of Paullus Aemilius and Cornelia) and their location should be attested or at least plausible; rooms, details, and objects should accurately reflect Roman domestic customs and modes of construction
  • The alias for each room, detail, or object should be its accurate Latin name.
  • In the room description (which appears in both the web and MOO windows and should not be longer than approximately 10 lines), all Latin words should be enclosed in single quotes since italics cannot be used (e.g., the starting gates, called ‘carceres’).
  • Each room of your structure may display one image (see Adding Images and HTML Documents for information on how to do this). The images used in historic buildings should be authentic: photos of extant remains of the structure in question (or of a similar structure identified as such), models or reproduction drawings of the structure, or ancient representations of the structure or its details on mosaics, reliefs, coins, paintings, etc. The images used in VRoma must be copyright free or used with the permission of the copyright holders according to the conditions they specify; see, for example, the VRoma Image Archive, Leo Curran's Maecenas: Images of Ancient Greece and Rome, Bill Thayer's Roman Gazetteer, or similar sites. If you yourself have appropriate copyright-free images (slides, photos, drawings), contact VRoma and we will put them on-line in the VRoma Image Archive.
  • Additional images and related cultural information may be attached to your rooms through linked web pages (see the Circus Maximus for an example); information on how to do this can be found in Adding Images and HTML Documents.
  • A VRoma building commission (composed of the maga maxima, praefectus urbi, and curator operum publicorum) will examine completed historic building projects for accuracy and authenticity; this commission will suggest to the builder such changes as it may find appropriate.

Proposed Building Program:

We will begin with the buildings in this list that are marked for definite inclusion in each region. Other buildings in each region may be added as convenient. If you would like to build a house or structure with an attested existence whose location is not known, place it in a region where it might plausibly have been located (e.g., house of Paullus Aemilius in an area with many aristocratic residences, tenements in the Subura, etc.).

List of proposed VRoma buildings in the XIV regions
Map of the regiones, with links back to the list.

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July 2002