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The Roman Emperor Titus Flavius Domitianus (51-96) left the first Limes ramparts in between Rhine and Danube build as a border guard. In his reign, the Germanic parts of the empire became independent provinces. In 79, the city became Pompeii completely destroyed by the Vesuvius eruption and thus dried up the most important source of wine for the Romans. As a result, many new vineyards were created around Rome and grained fields. In his famous edict Domitian probably forbade the planting of new ones in the year 92 vines in Italy and ordered to destroy at least half of all vineyards in the provinces. In a second edict was forbidden to create small vineyards in the cities. Above all, he wanted to solve the nutrition problem of large 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's dissolution Probus (232-282) in 280 not fully in force. See also below Ancient wines and Antique grape varieties,

Domitian - bust and denarius (main silver coin of Rome)

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