Sator arepo tenet opera rotas

4 05 2009

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From the blog, For Keat’s Sake :

SATOR AREPO TENET OPERA ROTAS. Forget that “Arepo” is a made-up word, and marvel at this sentence that goes into a grid and reads the same from four directions. The guy who came up with this would have loved sudoku… Wikipedia seems to know all about it, as usual. You can also rearrange the letters to form “PATERNOSTER” twice, with a double alpha and omega left over. This all goes nicely into a sort of crusader cross. All very interesting, but reciting it to guard your cattle from witchcraft is a bit much!


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11 09 2010
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“And this is the reason why every serious man in dealing with really serious subjects carefully avoids writing, lest thereby he may possibly cast them as a prey to the envy and stupidity of the public.” That is from Plato. The theory behind this so called “unwritten doctrine” of Plato forms an important part of the Seventh Letter. Aristotle later mentions its existence in his Physics (209 b) as he writes: “It is true, indeed, that the account he gives there [i.e. in Timaeus] of the participant is different from what he says in his so-called unwritten teaching (ἄγραφα δόγματα).” The term ἄγραφα δόγματα literally means unwritten doctrine and it stands for the most fundamental metaphysical teaching of Plato which he disclosed only to his most trusted fellows and kept secret from the public.

The reason for not revealing it to everyone is partially discussed in Phaedrus (276 c) where Plato criticizes the written transmission of knowledge as faulty, favoring instead the spoken logos: “he who has knowledge of the just and the good and beautiful … will not, when in earnest, write them in ink, sowing them through a pen with words which cannot defend themselves by argument and cannot teach the truth effectually.”

An this being from the Seventh Letter of Plato. Thus an interesting historical recount of ancient Persian influenced Greek philosophies.

11 09 2010
b

From The Agamemnon by Esquil “Summe rerum Sator, cujus tot nimina” expressed Constantine after the edict of Milan. This following the Romanized Sol Invictus, now termed Christianity. The rest of the square, deals with Platonic and Pythagorean elements. Look at Plato’s Phaedrus, and the Persian influences of Plato. Oarepov comes from The Sophistes and Politicus of Plato. Hence Arepo, hence Sator, tenet, that should be obvious. These words are mentioned by Socrates even Homer in the Odyssey. Aristotles doctrine of space, of relevance here. Where Oarepov means words which belong to each other, thus the same.

11 09 2010
b

Sator is not a made up word, it’s just ancient, and this is merely a cryptogram with Babylonian and Platonic influences.

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