- Roman bridge
:"For a list of all known Roman bridges, see
List of Roman bridges":"For the railway station in Wales, see Roman Bridge railway station"
Roman bridges, built by ancient Romans, were the first large and lasting bridges built.
Roman bridges were built with stone and had the
archas its basic structure. Most utilized concrete as well.
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 bridgeover the lower Danube, constructed by Apollodorus of Damascus, which remained for over a millennium the longest bridge to have been built both in terms of overall and span length. They were most of the time at-least 60 ft above the body of water.
The longest Roman stone arch was probably
Severan Bridgeof 34 m, but there are indications of longer arches. An example of temporary military bridge construction are the two Caesar's Rhine bridges.
Usual characteristics of Roman Bridges
* Many are more than 5 meters wide
* Most of them slope slightly
* Many have rustic work
* The stonework has alternating stretcher and header courses ; i.e. one layer of rectangular stones is laid lengthwise, and the next layer has the ends facing outwards
* Stones linked with dovetail joints or metal bars
* Indents in the stones for gripping tools to hold onto(Source [http://traianus.rediris.es/ Traianus] - An endeavour to identify Roman Bridges built in former
List of Roman bridges
*Bridges in city of Rome
* Piero Gazzola, "Ponti romani. Contributo ad un indice sistematico con studio critico bibliografico", Vol. Ponti romani 2, Florence 1963
* Colin O'Connor, "Roman Bridges", Cambridge Univ. Press (1994) ISBN 0-521-39326-4
* [http://traianus.rediris.es/ Traianus] - Technical investigation of Roman public works
* [http://www.iath.virginia.edu/rome/Journal2TaylorNew.pdf The Waters of Rome: Tiber River Bridges and the Development of the Ancient City of Rome]
* [http://www.livius.org/pn-po/pontes_longi/pontes_longi.html Livius.org: Pontes longi] - Roman bog bridges
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
Roman bridge (Chaves) — The Roman Bridge at Chaves is an ancient bridge located in the north of Portugal in the town of the same name. History and construction The bridge which is in relatively good shape unites the two most important parishes in the town. The bridge is … Wikipedia
Roman Bridge (Vaison-la-Romaine) — The Roman Bridge at Vaison la Romaine (French: Pont romain de Vaison la Romaine ) is a bridge over the river Ouvèze in the southern French town of Vaison la Romaine. The bridge was built by the Romans in the 1st century, its single arch spanning… … Wikipedia
Roman Bridge railway station — Infobox UK station name = Roman Bridge manager = Arriva Trains Wales locale = Lledr Valley borough = Conwy platforms = 1 lowusage0405 = 230 lowusage0506 = 310 lowusage0607 = 307 code = RMBRoman Bridge railway station (Welsh: Pont Rufeinig ) is a… … Wikipedia
Piercebridge Roman Bridge — is the archaeological remains of a Roman bridge, over the River Tees, near the village of Piercebridge, and in County Durham, England.The bridge was the crossing point over the river Tees for the Roman Road Dere Street. Piercebridge was also the… … Wikipedia
Roman technology — is the engineering practice which supported Roman civilization and made the expansion of Roman commerce and Roman military possible over nearly a thousand years. The Roman Empire had the most advanced set of technology of their time, some of… … Wikipedia
Bridge at Oinoanda — The Bridge at Oinoanda (or Oenoanda), or Bridge of Kemerarası, is an Ottoman arch bridge over the river Xanthos close to the Lycian town Oinoanda, Turkey. It stands on or near the spot of a Roman bridge, whose existence became known in the 1990s… … Wikipedia
Bridge — This article is about the structure. For other uses, see Bridge (disambiguation). The Akashi Kaikyō Bridge in Japan, the world s longest suspension span … Wikipedia
Roman engineering — Origins The Romans are generally famous for their advanced engineering accomplishments, although some of their own inventions were improvements on older ideas, concepts and inventions. Technology for bringing running water into cities was… … Wikipedia
Roman roads — The Roman roads were essential for the growth of the Roman Empire, by enabling the Romans to move armies and trade goods and to communicate news. At its peak, the Roman road system spanned 53,819 miles (85,004 km) and contained about 372… … Wikipedia
Roman architecture — The Architecture of Ancient Rome adopted the external Greek architecture for their own purposes, which were so different from Greek buildings as to create a new architectural style. The two styles are often considered one body of classical… … Wikipedia