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Series: The Contender - Jude
*In the ancient Jewish world, the manner of sending and receiving mail differed greatly from today. Back then, sending a letter from one family member to another, or from a small business owner in Ephesus to accompany man in Corinth, require a fair bit of work. While there certainly existed an Imperial Postal Service, it was generally restricted for those with privileged access on matters of public importance. For the rest of society, the mail got through in other ways. The wealthy tended to send and receive mail through the use of a slate or hired hand. But the common person, more often than not, sent his letters by way of someone who just happened to be traveling in the right direction. For example, a particular document from ancient times has somehow survived the centuries. The note contains a letter as well as a set of directions to house. With a bit of imagination we can envision it being scratched out hurriedly my letter writer and given to an agreeable traveler - now turned letter carrier - who promises to deliver the mail. Tucking the letter into his garment, the traveler sets out. We can envision the honest traveler arriving at his destination perhaps days or weeks later. In keeping with his promise he pulled another directions from a secure place of hiding, looks at it hard, and perhaps now it reads it for the first time: ''From the moon gate walk as if towards the granaries and when you come to the first street turn left behind the thermae, where there is a shrine, and go westwards. Go down the steps and up the others and turn right after the precinct of the temple on the right side there is a seven-story house and on top of the gatehouse a statue of Fortune opposite a basket-weaving shop. Inquire there or from the concierge and you will be informed. And shout yourself; Lusius will answer you.'' He presses on, both eyes fixed on passing landmarks, until i ...
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