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T AMPHITHEATER, ROMAN AMBASSADORS AMMIANUS MARCELLINUS ca. D. 330-ca. 395 ROMAN HISTORIAN AMPHITHEATER, ROMAN * gladiator in ancient Rome, slave or captive who participated in combats that were staged for public entertainment * tier one of a series of rows arranged one above the other, as in a stadium See Envoys; Diplomacy. mmianus Marcellinus was the last great historian of the Roman Empire. His work, which continued the story of Rome at the point at which the historian TACITUS stopped, is the most important source of information about the period of the later Roman Empire.

Greek farmers adopted crop rotation, which involves raising a series of different crops to keep the land in use without wearing out the soil. Such improvements in farm technology helped increase the production of food. AGRICULTURE, i*^Jl^MW^^ * province overseas area controlled by Rome * patrician member of the upper class who traced his ancestry to a senatorial family in the earliest days of the Roman Republic See color plate 9, vol. 1. griculture was of primary importance to the ancient Romans.

Roman farmers planted grain primarily in lowland areas that had adequate rainfall or irrigation. Infact,the fertilecoastal region of the provinceofAfrica becamethegranary* ofRome because of its importance in grain production. Farmers grew grapes, olives,andother crops wherever climate and soil conditions were suitable. Grapes andolives usually grew well on the lower slopes ofhills, whilenuttrees oftenoccupied thehigher slopes. In some regionsof theempire, farmers specialized in particular crops.

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