Chieti, a province of Italy. See Abruzzo Citeriore.
Chieti (anc. Teate Marrucinorum), a fortified city of Italy, capital of the province of Chieti or Abruzzo Citeriore, Italy, built on a hill, in the midst of a pleasant country near the Pescara, 96 m. E. N. E. of Rome; pop. in 1872, 23,602. It is the seat of an archbishopric, a high court of justiciary, a civil court, and of many wealthy families. The city contains five churches, a military hospital, a college and a religious seminary, several monasteries, wool and silk manufactories, and carries on a trade in the produce of the country. There are remains of a large theatre, some ruined temples, a gateway, and a mosaic pavement. - The ancient Teate was the capital of the tribe of the Mar-rucini, and was one of the principal towns of this part of Italy. It joined the Samnite league, after the fall of which it was held successively by the Romans, Goths, Lombards, Franks, and Northmen. The order of Theatines or Chietines took its name from this place, its founder, Paul IV., having been archbishop of Chieti. It was taken by the French in 1802.