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LARINO (anc. Larinum)

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Originally appearing in Volume V16, Page 217 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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LARINO (anc. Larinum) a town and episcopal see of the Molise (province of Campobasso), Italy, 32 M. N.E. of Campobasso by rail (20 M. direct), 984 ft. above sea-level. Pop. (1901) 7044. The cathedral, completed in 1319, has a good Gothic facade; the interior has to some extent been spoilt by later restoration. The campanile rests upon a Gothic arch erected in 1451. The Palazzo Comunale has a courtyard of the 16th century. That the ancient town (which is close to the modern) existed before the Roman supremacy had extended so far is proved by the coins. It lay in the 2nd Augustan region (Apulia), but the people belonged to the Frentani by race. Its strong position gave of the old Iranian stock, and there are also a few nomads of the Turkish Bah-aria tribe which came to Persia in the rith century when the province was subdued by a Turkish chief. Laristan remained an independent state under a Turkish ruler until 1602, when Shah Ibrahim Khan was deposed and put to death by Shah `Abbas the Great. The province is subdivided into eight districts: (r) Lar, the capital and environs, with 34 villages; (2) Bikhah Ihsham with I1; (3) Bikhah Fal with ro; (4) Jehangiriyeh with 30; (5) Shibkuh with 36; (6) Fumistan with 13; (7) Kauristan with 4; (8) Mazayijan with 6 villages. Lingah, with its principal place Bander Lingah and 11 villages. formerly a part of Laristan, is now included in the " Persian Gulf Ports," a separate administrative division. Laristan is famous for the condiment called mdhidbeh (fish-jelly), a compound of pounded small sprat-like fish, salt, mustard, nutmeg, cloves and other spices, used as a relish with nearly all foods.
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