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Pons Gratianus


Pons Gratianus

Pons Cestius, the modern ponte di S. Bartolomeo. This bridge leads from the island to the right bank of the river. It is first mentioned in the Notitia, but its identification with the bridge restored by Symmachus in 370 A.D. and thenceforth known as pons Gratian, is certain. Its original construction dates from the same period as the pons Fabricius, probably between 72 and 44 B.C., when the Cestii were in close relation with the leading statesmen of Rome. Further restoration was made in the eleventh century and recently in 1886-1889. 3 Of the three arches of the present structure, the central one is ancient, and dates from the restoration under Gratian. (Platner)




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