I first met Simon Young in November 2016. At the time, Lithodomos VR consisted of little more than a man with a VR headset, a business plan, and a vision to bring the ancient world to life for everyone. In our first encounter, I was fortunate enough to try Lithodomos VR, and I can say without exaggeration that I was blown away. Immediately, I knew that it was something that I had to be a part of.
I did not come to Lithodomos VR with a background in history or archaeology. I knew little about the ancient world… those countless cultures and centuries that Simon and his colleagues are so deeply engaged with. When I first tried Lithodomos VR in those early days, I explored a reconstruction of the Arènes de Lutèce – remains of the Roman empire located in modern day Paris. The experience ignited in me a passion for the ancient world that I hadn’t felt before. Suddenly, the Roman empire was more than a school textbook, or a few piles of worn away stones strewn across grassy fields. It was a living, breathing empire that ruled over millions of people for over a millennium. Of course, I knew this before. But after trying Lithodomos VR, I felt it.
Over the last few months I have watched Simon’s vision grow into a fully fledged company, with over $900,000 AUD in seed funding. It has been a privilege to be a part of, and, at times, challenging work. The journey, however, has been fulfilling unlike anything else, as I see in Lithodomos VR the potential to ignite a passion for the ancient world in millions of hearts and minds, just as it did for me on that fateful afternoon a few months ago.