"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:
A T O
A T O
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
Date: Mon, 19 Dec 94 05:54:26 -0800
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