CNN reports that DSR Graduate Prof. Lincoln Blumell recently translated a 1,700-year-old epitaph written in Greek, which read

In peace and blessing Ama Helene, a Jew, who loves the orphans, [died]. For about 60 years her path was one of mercy and blessing; on it she prospered.

Blumell Holding Tablet. Credit Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo
Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU

The epitaph, written on limestone, was originally from Egypt but has been in the University of Utah’s Rare Books Library since 1989. More details are also available at BYU.

Lincoln Blumell graduated from the Department in 2009 and is currently an Associate Professor at Brigham Young University.