The repository of the Pantheon Project is meant to provide the resarch community with all materials necessary to reassess the results published by the project.
Moreover, by publishing high resolution research data under open access the project group wants to stimulate further research on the Pantheon and roman architecture in general.
Data Acquisition and Processing
The Bern Digital Pantheon Project is embracing an open access approach to its Digital Pantheon Model, which was created from the data of a digitisation operation that took place in December 2005 and July 2007. In December 2005 the University of Bern instigated a new research project – the Pantheon Project – the aim of which is to answer outstanding questions about the roman Pantheon by using up-to-date techniques, new digital measurements of the entire building and new forms of web-based scientific collaboration. The Pantheon Project group consists of engineers and scholars from the disciplines of archaeology, architecture, art history, computer science, the history of science and mathematics from the Institute of Archaeology and the Faculty of Philosophy and History of Science.
Conference: The Pantheon in Rome
International Conference, Bern, 9-12 November 2006
The Karman Center for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, the Faculty of Philosophy and the History of Science and the Institute of Archaeology at the University of Bern, Switzerland was launched with a pilot project on the Pantheon in Rome. A set of 541,000,000 (after the campaign 2005) measuring points was obtained from a digital recording of the entire building using the latest laser scanning technology, enabling the Pantheon to be studied in unprecedented detail. A further objective of the project is to collate all the text, images and graphics that are available on the building in order to establish an open access, web-based database pool to which scholars of all disciplines will be able to contribute. To promote the development of an international scholarly network, the Karman Center's Pantheon Project held a conference in Bern from 9 - 12 November 2006 inviting most of the international leading Pantheon scholars from archaeology, art-history and ancient history.
The Campus Martius in Rome
Aristocratic and individual motivation in the urbanistic context of public space.
International Conference, University of Bern, 23/24 November 2007
The Campus Martius differs as well in its size as in its prime public functions to other Areas of antique Rome. It was used and covered with buildings during the whole roman epoch. Primal mentioned as grain field of tarquinian kings, it was consequently used by republican families and generals to build temples and public structures. Under the governance of Augustus the Campus was intensive architectural renewed and during the imperial roman era this covering with new buildings was carried forward.
The University of Bern was holding a colloquium on the Campo Marzio in which open questions were presented and new theories discussed; in particular, a focus of attention lay on the motives of individual property developers. Urbanistic problems and developments were also be analysed. By combining archaeological and historical research, we got scientists of different disciplines round the table to clarify specific aspects of the Campo Marzio. The conference was directed at young scientists, who, in the course of their doctoral thesis or current research were engaged in a study of the Campo Marzio or of particular donors and property developers.