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SATOR
AREPO
TENET
OPERA
ROTAS

"Arepo the Sower holds the wheels at work."

Source: A.R. Burn discusses it in his anthology of Latin inscriptions from Britain. "Arepo" appears to be a proper name: "Arepo the Sower holds the wheels at work." Burn notes that the square was found in Herculaneum. If not originally Christian, it soon was adopted by such believers, perhaps because the letters can be rearranged thus:

                P
                A
        A       T       O
                E
            PATER NOSTER
                N
                0
                S
        A       T       O
                E
                R

The excess A's and O's stand for alpha and omega, as in "I am the Alpha and the Omega."

John T. Quinn, Dept. of Classical & Oriental Languages and Literatures, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556, USA

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