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Monday, March 10, 2014

An Egyptian Soldier Writes Home from a Roman Legion in Europe

For a little Classical interlude, here's a piece about a surviving letter home from a Roman Legionary from Egypt writing home to his family in the Egyptian town of Tebtunis in the Fayyum. The writer, Aurelius Polion, was stationed with Legio II Adiutrix and was stationed in Pannonia in southeastern Europe. No exact date but it sounds like 2nd/3rd century AD.

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