"Vanished Rome," a one-hour documentary about the attempt by UI researchers, students and others to uncover the urban fabric of Rome, will be broadcast on WILL-TV (Channel 12) at 8 p.m. May 12. Led by Eric Hostetter, UI professor of art and of classics, the team is working to open a new and important window on more than 500 years of Roman life, commerce and architecture. Channel 12 executive producer Jack Kelly and videographer Jeff Cunningham spent 20 days in Rome last summer researching and filming the documentary, which received partial funding from the New York City-based Abraham Foundation. The film's narrator is David Knight, head of the UI theater department. "My goal was not only to show what Eric and the team were doing, but also to tell why it's important for ordinary people to learn about life in ancient Rome," Kelly said. "I think that unless we know where our civilization has come from, we remain ignorant about where we're going."