May I consult You in order to a potsherd on which the word 'leonis' has been graved. It was found without archaeological context in the area of the civilian settlement nearby the fort of Walldürn on the Upper German Limes.
I would like to put it into relationship with the 'leo' grade, although definitively this cannot be verified.
Could You be so kind to tell me if there are similar graffii on potsherds anywhere in the Roman World.
Thank You very much.
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Richard Gordon suggests the object on the Miles step is a bull’s hindquarter.
“In the light of the sacrificial scene on the altar of Flavius Aper (Poetovio), the interpretation as a bull’s hind-quarter rather than shoulder is to be preferred. The scene at Ostia is perfectly in keeping with other evidence suggest- ing that (junior) Mithraic grades fulfilled specific manual tasks within the cult, in the case of Miles, butchery of sacrificial animals.”
Gordon, R. 2013c. “The Miles-frame in the Mitreo di Felicissimo and the practicalities of sacrifice.” Religio: Revue Pro Religionistiku 21, no.1: 33–38.
A.B. Candidate in Departments of History and Classics at Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH)
Professeur d’histoire romaine à l’Université de Toulouse Jean-Jaurès.