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By: Danesi, Marcel
Publisher: Indiana University Press: 2004-02-20
Seller ID: M0253217083Z3
One of the most famous anagrams of all time was constructed in the Middle Ages. The unknown author contrived it as a Latin dialogue between Pilate and Jesus. Jesus' answer to Pilate's question "What is truth" is phrased as an ingenious anagram of the letters of that very question: Pilate: Quid est veritas? ("What is truth?") Jesus: Est virqui adest. ("It is the man before you.")
The origin of anagrams is shrouded in mystery. One thing is clear, however--in the ancient world, they were thought to contain hidden messages from the gods. Legend has it that even Alexander the Great (356-32...