Student Finds Key to Roman Soldier's Life
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2004-02-02 19:54
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
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