Letter of a Soldier: Apion Select Papyri I (1932) #112 (II. A.D.)
Apion to Epimachus, his father and lord, very many greetings.
Before all else I pray for your health and that you may always be well and prosperous, together with my sister and her daughter and my brother. I thank the Lord Serapis that when I was in danger at sea he immediately saved me. On arriving at Misenum, I received from Caesar three gold pieces for travelling expenses. And it is well with me.
Now I ask you, my lord and father, write me a letter, telling me first of your welfare, secondly of my brother's and sister's, and enabling me thirdly to bow respectfully in honor of your handwriting, because you educated me well and I hope thereby to have quick advancement, if the gods so will.
Give many greetings to Capiton and my brother and sister and Serenilla and my friends. I have sent you by Euctemon a portrait of myself. My name is Antonius Maximus, my company is the Athenonica. I pray for your health.

ANALYSIS: This document gives us new perspectives on the importance of education, even for non-elites, the role of family ties even for physically separated families, the Roman military career path under the Empire, the military economy, the complexity of ethnic and cultural identity in the Roman world, and the continued worship of local, traditional gods even long after Roman conquest. (Discussion follows of each element, with links to relevant pages if necessary.)

Complete Works Cited:
Cribiore, R. Gymnastics of the Mind: Greek Education in Hellenistic and Roman Egypt, (Princeton, 2001)