The challenges of virtual past

  • Pedro Paulo A. Funari Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp)
Keywords: Digital humanities, Technology, History, Archaeology, Antiquity


The paper deals with the challenges of digital representation access to the past. It starts by introducing a long-term tradition of material and analogic of data transmission, since ancient times, later manuscript copy, and printing reproduction up to the recent digital revolution. It follows by discussing the changes in the last decades in storing and transmission of information, including the growing importance of virtual reality in general and recreating the past in particular. Relating the Roman world, data banks are always more common, including ancient literature and the huge material evidence (inscriptions, images, artefacts, buildings and much more). This means a wider access to the Roman world. Virtual recreation increases all the time, in the media and in scholarship. This leads to tricky epistemological issues as far as virtual representations entail further questioning of interpretive frameworks. This may be the major challenge.


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Author Biography

Pedro Paulo A. Funari, Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp)

Professor Titular do Departamento de História, Unicamp.
Bolsista de produtividade em pesquisa do CNPq


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How to Cite
Funari, P. P. (2019). The challenges of virtual past. Revista Do Museu De Arqueologia E Etnologia, (32), 33-40.