June 12
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Severe drought in Italy has discovered an archaeological treasure in Rome: a bridge built, according to legend, the Roman Emperor Nero, which is usually submerged under the Tiber River, Live Science recorded.

Due to falling water levels in the Tiber, which, according to Reuters, is flowing at a multi-year low, the stone remains of Pons Neronianus (Latin for "Nero's Bridge") have been exposed.

Several sources told Live Science that the bridge may have been built before Nero's reign.

"The origins of the bridge are uncertain, given that it is likely a bridge existed here before Nero's reign and therefore the Pons Neronianus was probably a reconstruction of an earlier crossing," Nicholas Temple, professor of architectural history at London Metropolitan University, told Live Science.

The name Pons Neronianus first appears only in catalogs of monuments in Rome in the 12th century, the scientists added.

Emperor Nero, who ruled as the fifth emperor of the Roman Empire from 54 to 68 A.D., was a controversial sovereign who built public structures and won military victories abroad, but neglected politics and instead devoted much time and passion to art, music and chariot races.

During his reign the coffers of Rome were devastated, in part by the construction of the "Golden Palace" (Domus Aurea), which Nero erected in the center of Rome after a great fire. During his reign he murdered his mother and at least one of his wives.

Nero committed suicide in A.D. 68, at the age of 30, after the Roman Senate declared him an enemy of the people.

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