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K-State Today Student Edition

November 6, 2013

Art history professor publishes on 'Assassin's Creed II'

By Douglas Dow

Douglas N. Dow, associate professor of art history, published an article, "Historical Veneers: Anachronism, Simulation, and Art History in Assassin's Creed II," in Playing with the Past: Digital Games and the Simulation of History, edited by Matthew Wilhelm Kapell and Andrew B.R. Elliott, New York: Bloomsbury, 2013, pages 215-231.

In the article Dow explores how historical inconsistencies in the video game's simulation of the cityscape of Renaissance Florence affect how a person experiences the city today. Rather than reject the game as inaccurate, the essay suggests that the creative re-interpretation of history in the game resembles how 15th century Florentines configured their own historical understanding.