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ARIANO DI PUGLIA

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Originally appearing in Volume V02, Page 490 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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ARIANO DI PUGLIA, a town and episcopal see, which, de-spite its name, now belongs to Campania, Italy, in the province of Avellino, 15oq ft. above sea-level, on the railway between Benevento and Foggia, 24 M. E. of the former by rail. Pop. (1901) town, 8384; commune, 17,653. It lies in the centre of a fertile district, but has no buildings of importance, as it has often been devastated by earthquakes. A considerable part of the population still dwells in caves. It has been supposed to occupy the site of Aequum Tuticum, an ancient Samnite town, which became a post-station on the Via Traiana' in Roman times; but this should probably be sought at S. Eleuterio 51 M. north. It was a military position of some importance in the middle ages. Thirteen miles south-south-east is the Sorgente Mefita, identical with the pools of Ampsanctus (q.v.). (T. As.)
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