Student Finds Key to Roman Soldier's Life

Cincinnati Enquirer: Sharonville, Ohio student Robert Stephan recently discovered treasure in the vaults of the University of Michigan: a store of forgotten papyri chronicling the life of a young Roman soldier. It's only appropriate that one young man would come across the chronicle or another and this is exactly what happened recently at the University of Michigan. Robert Stephan was working on an independent study project at the university when he came across 15 papyri collected during UM excavations at Karanius which had never been translated. When brought to experts' attention, the documents contained revolutionary material: letters from a young Roman soldier in Alexandria, Egypt to his family.

"The significance of this is that the world (did not) know that these existed," said Arthur Verhoogt, a UM assistant professor of papyrology and Greek. "It's an important contribution to our understanding of the Roman Empire at large."

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