), a bridge on the Via Salaria where that highroad crossed the Anio (Teverone
) about 2 1/2 miles from Rome. From its position this is certainly the bridge meant by Livy under the name of Pons Anienis, on which the single combat of Manlius Torquatus with the Gaul is described as taking place. (Liv. 7.9
The name is not again mentioned in history, but we learn from an inscription still remaining that the present bridge was constructed by Narses, in the room of the more ancient one which had been destroyed by Totila in A.D. 547, when he broke up the siege of Rome and withdrew to Tibur. (Procop. B. G.
3.24; Nibby, Dintorni,
vol. ii. p. 594.)