Views of Rome

map of Rome

Project Overview

The Views of Rome project uses Emory's copy of Pirro Ligorio's 1561 map of ancient Rome to create an interactive digital tool for use by students in the classroom and by the general public. Ligorio's map presents a bird’s-eye view of ancient Rome ca. AD 300.

The map preserves a Renaissance vision of Roman antiquity. The project address the scholarly question of how the Renaissance viewed and actively engaged with the ancient remains of Rome.

The Views of Rome project presents a high-resolution scan of Ligorio's map that users can explore in their browsers. In addition to making this rare work public in this manner, users can click on different structures on the map to learn more about them. This content has been created in conjunction with undergraduate and graduate seminars, in which students contributed primary research on Ligorio’s sources for different sectors of the map.

Project Highlights

Emory Partners

Department of Art History

Emory Libraries

Library and Information Technology Services (LITS)

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library


Vincent J. Buonanno


Emory Libraries

Michael C. Carlos Museum

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

An Anonymous Donor

Project Contacts Views of Rome website



Key Contributions

ECDS projects advance Emory University's mission through research, pedagogy, publishing, and public scholarship.

Research Integrated research reports are being published in conjunction with the map on the website.
Pedagogy Views of Rome makes widely available an original source material for use in classroom teaching.
Public Scholarship The website makes the original map of Pirro Ligorio available to the public at a high resolution.