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Minecraft is a complete sandbox game giving the player the freedom to do as he/she pleases. Most people decide on doing insane builds of real life structures, or in the design of a real life building. Most popular have been medieval, Asian, classical European; some even use the game to create replicas of popular culture such as Skyrim, Lord of the Rings and Star Wars.
In real life, one civilization in human history changed the way everyone looks at art, architecture and life in general: the Romans. Their hold on the ancient world stretched from parts of Britain all the way around the Mediterranean Sea, into parts of the Middle East. Roman art and architecture can still be found littering the landscape of those ancient places, and their influence can plainly be seen in modern day society (The White House, Stadiums, the way roads are built and laid out).
Minecraft gives the player the freedom to recreate parts of the world in the game, to celebrate the great feats of architects past, as well as show your friends how awesome you are at building. Here are a few great examples of that in this week’s Minecraft Mondays!
1:1 Roman Colosseum
Nothing in Roman history is more iconic than the Colosseum. This was a place in which man was pitted against each other, as well as exotic beasts brought from all over the empire. In the circle of the Colosseum if a Gladiator swayed the crowd to his favor, he could become mightier than the Emperor. Slaves were brought here to fight, with the chance of winning their freedom. This building showed both the might and majesty of the splendor of Rome, as well as showcased one of her darker sides by catering to a primal need for violence. A Colosseum is perfect for you and your friends to battle to your Minecraft deaths with plenty of room for onlookers to spectate!
Building credit – Phoenix1094 Download via Planet Minecraft
Roman Building Bundle
Another great build showcasing some building ideas done in a very Romanesque style. Buildings vary from Temples, The Hanging Gardens, Insulae (apartments), Public Baths, etc. Not all the buildings in this world save are furnished but the building’s creator, McBreakdown, has a link posted in the Planet Minecraft showcase to show you what is possible with these buildings if you choose to build them on your server!
Before you string me up for showcasing a 16X16 texture pack, just note the majority of these builds are best viewed using this texture pack. With over 220K downloads, Stugace’s Romecraft is a great example of creating a texture pack to showcase a certain style. Each block is dutifully created to look like an Ancient Roman texture akin to the real materials they would’ve used back in Ancient times. Check it out if you download these builds, even though it’s not HD, it is worth a look.
The Roman City of Vespasianum is a great example of the melding of all the building types you’ve seen above. The city, built by Planet Minecraft user 9988, is massive spanning 250X160 blocks. It has over 32 unique buildings in it, including Roman Domii and a Roman theater. This world save is a great way to explore a great build based on some of the oldest and well built creations in the world. Remember to give 9988 a “Diamond” if you enjoy his build!
Remember, if you have a build you are currently working on and would like to see it showcased on our sites in our weekly segment, send an email to [email protected] with the subject “Minecraft Mondays.” Thanks for reading and happy building!