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The Roman writer Palladius Rutillius Taurus Aemilianus (Palladii Rutilii Tauri) lived in the 4th Century, about his life is but little known. He practiced agriculture and had estates in Italy and in Sardinia. Palladius wrote the 15-volume work "De re rustica" (on agriculture). The sources are the works of Varro (116-27 BC), Pliny the Elder (23-79 AD), and most of columella used (1st half of 1st century). The first book is a general introduction to the agriculture, include the last two instructions of the veterinary medicine as well as the grafting. In the remaining twelve books, the necessary farm work describes, for each month a band. In it are treated almost all crops, with the Vine is described in most detail. Palladius's work had on the Middle Ages to the Renaissance also very important. He is by Albertus Magnus (1200-1280), and the wine writers Peter de Crescentiis (1230-1320) and Johann John quickly (1540-1612) cited. See also Ancient varieties and Ancient wines .