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#1. The practice of keeping fish begain in 17th century.

#2. This amphitheatre was built in the first century BC.

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What is the reason of omitting 'the' in #1 and inserting 'the' in #2?
What is the essential reason of this difference?
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    #1 is wrong. It should have "the" just as you suspect.

    The practice of keeping fish begain in the 17th century.

    Using "the" means you are talking about something specific. The 17th century and the first century are specific centuries, so you use "the" with them.

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