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Roman Architecture: Engineering an Empire

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« Reply #45 on: July 16, 2007, 05:22:55 pm »

Roman bridge




1st century Roman bridge in Vaison la Romaine, France

Roman bridges, built by ancient Romans, were the first large and lasting bridges built.

Roman bridges were built with stone and had the arch as its basic structure. Most utilized concrete as well.

Built in 142 BC, the Pons Aemilius, later named Ponte Rotto (broken bridge) is the oldest Roman stone bridge in Rome, Italy.

The biggest Roman bridge was Trajan's bridge over the lower Danube, which remained for over a millennium the longest bridge to have been built both in terms of overall and span length.

An example of temporary military bridge construction are the two Caesar's Rhine bridges.
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