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Missio. The Roman term for the dismissal of soldiers from service, whether on account of illness (missio causaria) or of some dishonourable offence (missio ign&ml-nlosa), or at the expiration of their period of service. The last-mentioned, missio
marriage. The imperial decree which contained a list of those dismissed, arranged according to the subdivisions of the army and with the privileges granted, was posted on a public building on the Capitol or in the Forum, and each one of those specified received an extract from this document, made out in the presence of seven wit-
* THE SACRIFICE OF MITHRAS.
honesta or honourable dismissal, carried with it, under the Empire, the maintenance of the dismissed soldier. At first a fixed sum of money was given him, afterwards a parcel of land in Italy or the provinces was assigned ; he also received the rights of citizenship, if he did not already possess them, and the privilege of contracting a
nesses and inscribed on a bronze diptychdn (q.v.). Sixty-two such military diplomas have been preserved completely or in part. Mithras. The Persian god of created light and of all earthly wisdom. In the course of time he became identified with the sun-god, who conquers all demons of darkness. In the time after Alexander