Cirencester Word square by Judith Verity

Cirencester Word square by Judith Verity


Size: 8" square x 1/2" thick.

Medium: Hampole limestone from Derbyshire.

Designed by Lucia Leyfield, painted and gilded letters.

A Latin palindrome found in Corinium (Cirencester) and other ancient sites. Much study has gone into its meaning and origin.

The Sator is a palindrome that can be read in the same way from four directions of the square. There are dozens of interpretations of its meaning, but still there is no consent which of them is right. The Sator Square is the earliest date able 2D palindrome. It was found in the ruins of Pompeii. Some say it means: “The sower Arepo holds with effort the wheels,” others ‘The sower Arepo guides the wheels with care’.

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