Melichrisus's name may be esoteric, alluding to the purification of Mithraic Lions with honey (Porphyry, De antro
His master, Philopalaestrus is known from AE 1919 no. 10 line 67 (Histria) to have been one of the earliest (if not the earliest) conductores of the publicum portorium Illyrici in c. 100 AD (de Laet, 1949: 204 n.4)
An unusual feature of this very ancient relief is that Cautopates carries a cockerel upside down, while Cautes carries it right-side up.
Deo / Melichrisus / P. Caragoni / Philopalaestri