Dean Takács chosen to examine ancient Rome using modern technology

[Dean Takacs chosen to examine ancient Rome using modern technology] Dean Sarolta Takács was selected to participate in the Humanities High Performance Computing Collaboratory, a summer institute funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities for faculty who are conducting scholarship in the digital humanities. Participants will study computer vision, augmented reality, game design, and mobile application development at the University of Illinois’ Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts, and Social Science and the University of South Carolina’s Center for Digital Humanities.

Takács’ project will examine Roman religion in the context of living space. The study of Roman religion furthers our understanding of antiquity, she said, yet integration of the various findings dealing with religion and the urban, rural, and military landscape of ancient Rome is lacking. “I’ve proposed a comprehensive analysis of sacred space, texts, and realia for the Roman Empire,” said Takács. “An analysis that will be embedded in computational social science but also produce virtual, explorable landscapes.”