Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 8 : The Reception of Antiquity in Renaissance Humanism

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Bridge architecture
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A. Principles and challenges

Ancient bridges were visible to later eras as sections of roads constructed with great architectural sophistication and as aqueducts conducting water across impassable terrain. Like ancient roads, many bridges remained in use after Antiquity, some even to this day (e.g. Pons Fabricius/Ponte dei Quattro Capi and Pons Aelius/Ponte Sant'Angelo in Rome, others at Salamanca, Cordoba and Merida). Furthermore, even ancient authors already regarded the Roman Empire's roadbuilding as one of the greatest accomplishments of architecture. The orator …

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Erben, Dietrich (München), “Bridge architecture”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 8 : The Reception of Antiquity in Renaissance Humanism, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2017). Original German-language edition: Renaissance-Humanismus. Herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 2. Staffel, herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 9. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2014). Consulted online on 16 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps8_SIM_004818>
First published online: 2015



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