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Rotas square

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Anyone heard of them?

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R O T A S
O P E R A
T E N E T
A R E P O
S A T O R

 

 

This Rotas Square is found in ancient Roman places including Cirencester and Pompeii back to 79 AD. It is a is a four-times palindrome. The words are written horizontally and vertically. They also have a backward spelling. 'rotas opera tenet arepo sator', translated as "Arepo (perhaps Plowman) the sower holds the wheels (plows) at work (or with care)". There has been consideration by many that the Rotas Squares are an early Christian sign. One may arrange the letters into a cross, with the single N as the center, as it is in the square, the letter Alpha, the words Our Father, and the letter Omega at the end both hoizontally and vertically. The letters may also be arranged into a simple prayer: 'Oro Te, Pater; oro Te , Pater; sanas' ('I pray to Thee, Father; I pray to Thee, Father; Thou healest'). 

 

http://orderofcentur...tas_square.html

 

Also this one in the old district of Oppede in France's Luberon  

 

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It's interesting isn't it. Clever.

However, the program was saying that early Christians would display them outside/inside their homes to declare their faith in God and that it was also used to ward off evil...


Hmmm..(superstitions mixed with Christianity?.....?)


Also said that Christian art didn't appear until the 3rd century AD and that before that was only represented as symbols ( being for protection reasons eg: persecutions).


The anchor being a symbol representing Christ Himself.

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Blessings HisG

     I don't think it is really clear what the actual significance of the Sator or Rotas square was? I believe  they were discovered in the ashes of Mt.Vesuvius,& dated back to around 79AD ,as ncn has shown.

      Yes,quite clever.........they are popular in alot of museums in Europe & Briitain

                                                                                                                                                                 With love-in Christ,Kwik



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Hey Kwik,

Apparently they have been found in Roman outposts as well eg: England.

Probably to declare to others a particular household were of the Christian way.

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An example of the Sator Square (or Rotas square) found in Manchester dating to the 2nd century is considered by some authorities to be one of the earliest pieces of evidence of Christianity in Britain.[5]




http://en.wikipedia....ki/Sator_Square

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This is an interesting article. 

 

I don't vouch for it's correctness as there are large discussions and deputes in the academic world.

 

It does however, bring forth some insight.  

 

http://www.cchahisto...59/Fishwick.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 



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I'm not comfortable with the "magic" connotations associated with it at all.

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I'm not comfortable with the "magic" connotations associated with it at all.

 

Yes, one has to be also careful not to fall into the Dan Brown syndrome.  






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