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1800-year-old Letter Reveals How This Roman Soldier Used To Live His Life

It seems like letters contain a lot of secrets. In January of this year, we reported that a family members posted a letter on internet – which was written by their late grandmother on index cards with mysterious sequences of letters around 18 years ago – hoping that to decode it. And lately, a letter which was written 1,800 years ago by a Roman soldier has been found which reveals how this Roman soldier used to live his life.


1800-year-old-letter

The name of that Roman soldier is Aurelius Polion. He used to serve as a volunteer in a Roman legion in Europe. However, the letter was found outside a temple in Egyptian town of Tebtunis. more than a century ago by an archaeological expedition. They found numerous papyri in the town and did not have time to translate all of them. In that letter, written mainly in Greek, Polion tells his family that he is desperate to hear from them and that he is going to request leave to make the long journey home to see them.

Addressed to his mother (a bread seller), sister and brother, part of it reads: “I pray that you are in good health night and day, and I always make obeisance before all the gods on your behalf. I do not cease writing to you, but you do not have me in mind,” it reads. He also wrote in the letter, “I am worried about you because although you received letters from me often, you never wrote back to me so that I may know how you …”

>Addressed to his mother (a bread seller), sister and brother, part of it reads: ‘I pray that you are in good health night and day, and I always make obeisance before all the gods on your behalf. I do not cease writing to you, but you do not have me in mind. I am worried about you because although you received letters from me often, you never wrote back to me so that I may know how you …”

However, Polion has said that he has written six letters to his family without response, suggesting some sort of family tensions. Researchers were able to translate the majority of the letter, although some pieces are missing. Polion has mentioned that he has written six letters to his family without response, suggesting some sort of family tensions. If you want to see the letter, it’s kept in the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley.

Source: Live Scicnce

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