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The Roman emperor Titus Flavius Domitianus (51-96) left the first Limes ramparts between Rhine and Danube build as border guard. In his reign, the Germanic parts of the empire became independent provinces. In 79 the city became Pompeii completely destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius and thus the most important wine source for the Romans dried up. Thereupon many new vineyards were created around Rome and grain fields were cleared for it. In his famous edict, Domitian probably prohibited the planting of new ones in 92 vines in Italy and ordered to destroy at least half of all vineyards in the provinces. A second edict prohibited the creation of small vineyards in the cities. Above all, he wanted to solve the nutritional problem of the big cities and secure grain production. The second thesis is that he wanted to give the big wineries advantages. However, the ban could not be fully implemented or maintained. So it was until the emperor lifted it Probus (232-282) not fully in force in 280. See also under Ancient wines and Ancient grape varieties,

Domitian - Bust and Denarius (Rome's main silver coin)

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Right: By Rasiel Suarez - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0 , Link

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