Crossing the Tiber: the Bridges of Rome

The famous bridges of Rome were more than a way to cross a river, they were a way to control a population. This short essay looks at the city's bridges and their importance to Roman life.

"If bridges have stimulated the flow of trade and traffic between discrete Roman districts and their communities, they have also been used to regulate and discipline that traffic. From 1271 onwards, armed guards collected a bridge-tax on all crossings of the Tiber, which was not abolished until 1820."