Trajan's Column Project

Since January of 2013 Professor Ulrich and his students have been developing a stand-alone website to document his images of the Column of Trajan and to assemble a bibliography and commentary of this remarkable monument in the center of Rome. Use these links to access the database:

A general introduction to the Column of Trajan.

An index to the website that includes links to topics including topography and setting, scene by scene images and descriptions of the Column, portraiture of Trajan, a Glossary of Terms associated with the Column, and much more.


Digital Stereo Photographs

By accessing the links below you will find samples of Prof. Ulrich's stereographic photographs; these can be printed or viewed on your computer screen to simulate a 3D view.
The basic principle behind stereo photography is quite simple: two "normal" photographs are taken that correspond to the view seen by the left and right eyes. To replicate the binocular view of the human eye, the photographs are taken about 2.5 inches (ca. 6.5 cm) apart. The individual photographs may be taken closer together (for macrophotography) or farther apart (to enhance the binocular effect of more distant subjects). To maximize effect the cameras are spaced apart 1/30 of the distance between the lens and the subject (thus for a subject only 30 inches (ca. 76.5 cm) from the camera lens, the spacing need only be 1 inch/2.6cm). The individual photos can be taken with a single digital camera mounted on a "slidebar," or by a pair of digital cameras that are set on a bracket and triggered simultaneously (Ulrich uses a Lanc Shepherd Pro controller). One can still purchase used film stereo cameras, special "splitter" lenses, etc. All of the work presented here has been captured with digital cameras.

How to view the paired images

The images accessible through the links below are paired parallel images. They can be viewed either as physical prints or on your computer screen. You will need either prisms (good for traditional hard-copy prints) or a "pokescope" (good for viewing stereopairs in any format) to view the images. Other methods of viewing that require additional hardware and/or projection equipment include shutterglasses or a dual-projector system. Some sample anaglyphs can be viewed on Ulrich's Trajan's Column site via this link; these can be viewed with red/blue (red/cyan) glasses.


Sample and Experimental Stereographs
Stereographs from Italy I Ara Pacis, Hadrian's Villa, Basilicas
Stereographs from Italy II Arch of Titus, Pietrabbondante, Saepinum
Stereographs of the Forum Iulium, Rome
Stereographs of Ostia Antica, Part I, Italy
Stereographs of Ostia Antica, Part II, Italy

Photographs of Roman Antiquities

The sample links on this page offer images of Roman artifacts and sites photographed or drawn by R. Ulrich over the past 25 years. These may be used freely and without charge for educational or scholarly purposes (please acknowledge the source). High-resolution images are also available, either by download (if available) or by emailing Prof. Ulrich (roger.ulrich(at) Images used for educational publications (journals, monographs, university presses, etc.) should be credited as: "copyright R. B. Ulrich." If the image is from a open domain source then the original source should be cited. Images of artifacts taken in museums should be reproduced by permission of the museum, which generally holds the rights to images of its collection. Those who wish to use these images for commercial purposes should inquire about fees.

Roger Ulrich's Flickr Archive

Over 2000 downloadable and searchable photographs are posted on Flickr for reference and use.

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Many parallel stereographic images shot by Ulrich are also located on Flickr. Samples can be accessed here, with instruction on how to view them.

Some Sample Photos from sites in Rome (please refer to the Flickr link above for the full catalog of images)

Forum of Julius Caesar (Forum Iulium), Rome
Forum Romanum I: Basilicas (Roman Forum), Rome

Free-standing and Architectural Sculpture

Column Base of Antoninus Pius (Vatican Museums), Vatican City

Roman Woodworking: Tools and Techniques

Roman Woodworking Tools

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