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For most of us, time travel is limited to works of fiction and the Wayback Machine. Italian architect Italo Gismondi is making it more of a reality with what we presume to be his life’s work, Plastico di Roma Imperiale. Plastico di Roma Imperiale–aka Model of Imperial Rome–is a 1:250 scale model of 4th century Ancient Rome that was started in 1935 on commission from Mussolini. The model was built out of plaster using information from the Forma Urbis Romae (the massive marble map of ancient Rome made in the early III century AD) with data from archaeological remains and ancient sources and wasn’t completed until 1971, more than 35 years later. To this day, this model is the most accurate depiction of ancient Rome during the time of Constantine, which is probably why it’s appeared in things like Rome Reborn and Gladiator. Plastico di Roma Imperiale can be seen at the Museum of Roman Civilization in Rome. Unfortunately, the museum is currently closed for renovations, but you can take a trip through the model with Jean-Pierre Dalbéra photos on Flickr.

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We pride ourselves on being able to tackle problems and jigsaw puzzles like everyone else–from the edge pieces in. That’s a little more difficult when it comes to thousand piece adventures like the Moon puzzle you see here. In is out, out is in, and there’s an entire quadrant of almost fully gray pieces that depict the lunar surface, but all of that just adds to the productive difficulty you’ll experience when you’re assembling this jigsaw version of modern history. As they tell it, “July 16, 2019 marked the 50 year anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch – the historic mission to the Moon where Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first of humankind to set foot on the Moon. Our Moon puzzle celebrates this momentous achievement and will challenge and delight puzzle solvers everywhere.”