Standard Life Investments Head Office   -   1 George Street  -    March 2006

Magic Square

beside the engraving of the Wise & Foolish Virgins

(Matthew 25:1-13)

 

Standard Life Investments Head Office  -  1 George Street  - Sculpture in Bronze Relief  -  Foolish Virgins

  Copyright: For permission to reproduce, please contact peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk         Photograph taken March  6, 2006,  12.28am

'Magic Square'

Standard Life Investments Head Office  -  1 George Street  - Wise Virgins in bronze

The 'Magic Square' beside the wise virgins above reads the same whether it is read:

-  top to bottom

-  bottom to top

-  left to right or

-  right to left.

There is some doubt as to how the Latin 'ROTAS OPERA TENET AREPO SATOR' should be translated into English.

Perhaps the correct translation is:  "The sower Arepo holds the wheels with effort" or perhaps it should be "The sower Arepo leads with his hand the plough".

However, it is thought that this may well have been some form of code used by early Christians.  The letters of the square can be rearranged in the form of a cross  to make the first two words of the Lord's Prayer, together with 'A' and 'O' representing the alpha and omega, the first and last letters of the alphabet'

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wise and foolish virgins

    Standard Life Investments Head Office  -  1 George Street  - Foolish Virgins in bronze

 

 

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