pointy-eared cat, some 120 feet long, was recently brought out of oblivion, its lines having been spotted by drone flying over. The silhouette was barely visible, it was on the verge of disappearing due to its location, on a fairly steep slope, and the effects of natural erosion. A group of archaeologists cleaned and redrawn the contours of the geoglyph located on the hillside, the lines of which are 12-16 inches in width. About cats and the Romans : A common belief among historians is that cats were introduced to Europe as early as 5th century BC by Phoenician merchants who traded all over the Mediterranean. Romans particularly liked cats for their ability to catch mice and other rodents. Cats were so good at it that the Roman army brought cats with them to safeguard their food supply from rats. Rats also liked to chew on wood and leather, which meant they were a threat to Roman armor and equipment as well. To prevent loss of food, damage to equipment, and the spread of disease, the cat was an indispensable part of Roman forts. And it wasn’t long before cats were also appreciated as mascots and companions to the soldiers. A mosaic representation of a cat, Pompeii The Romans also regarded cats in terms of mythical symbolism. Cats were thought to embody independence and freedom. In fact, cats were the only animals allowed inside Roman temples. The Roman goddess Libertas is often shown with a cat. And there are several tales of the goddess Diana transforming herself into a cat. It seems being a cat had its privileges in the old Empire. A Roman tombstone of a young boy holding a cat, 2nd Century AD. We do not find cats very often on Roman coins. One of the only example I could find was this Provincial Hadrian from Alexandria. The reverse is described as " Bastet/ Bubastis holding cat in right hand" : British Museum. This is my only "cat", but please feel free to show me yours !