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Hadrian's Villa Reborn: South Theater (Steam VR)

Hadrian’s Villa Reborn: South Theater (Steam VR)

Hadrian's Villa Reborn: South Theater (Steam VR)

System: Valve Index & HTC Vive
Price at Time Of Review: £4.79
Comfort Rating: Green
Genre: Educational
Input: Tracked Motion Controllers
Best Playing Position: Sitting
Multi-Player: No
Age Rating: PG
VR Shop Score 1/100: 80

Description: Flyover Zone presents Hadrian’s Villa Reborn, a series of products taking you on virtual tours of the building complexes that made up this government retreat located at Tivoli near Rome. Travel back in time to the Roman theater at the villa. It stands on private property not accessible to the public. Then, turn the clock back 1800 years and see how the theater looked in antiquity. Learn about the man who built it, the Emperor Hadrian. Find out what went on here, go up in the air to see the theater in its geographical context, learn about Roman villas, and get a close look at the spectacular sculptural decoration, which has been digitally reconstructed. Learn why there was a temple in the theater and hear why we think it was dedicated to Hercules. Along the way, get to know the long history of how artists and archaeologists have tried to understand and reconstruct this gem of Roman art and architecture. Your guide is archaeologist Bernard Frischer. 26 stops, 90 minutes.

Review: If you have even the slightest interest in Ancient Rome you will find Hadrian’s Villa Reborn: South Theater rather fascinating, but I think it has the educational quality to make it interesting even if it is not something you are interested in. With a total of 26 points of interest and over 90 minutes of educational narration this app takes you away from it all and really shines an interesting light on Hadrian’s Villa (which was otherwise know as South Theater). It looks great, the narration sounds good as well and the points of interest were also well worth a look and listen. For just £4.79 this could be worth a lot more to someone in an educational setting, but I thought it was worth the money on my own.

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