Eckler states that the modern history of word squares (following in the footsteps of the SATOR square) started with the following one, published in 1859:
Here's a six-square:
And then he goes on to discuss word cubes! An n-cube contains n words repeated three times each and n(n-1)/2 words used six times each, it has a total of 3n^2 words. And yes, people have extended the idea to hypercubes.
Each word needs to be valid both forwards and backwards in a Sator, right? There's a number of 5x5 Sators, but no 6x6, 7x7s, or higher because the number of words which satisfy are much smaller.
There is probably a better SAT encoding but if you just want to play around: https://github.com/cipherboy/sat/blob/master/sator-square/sq...
It finds Sators and 6x6 and smaller word squares reasonably quickly, but larger takes a bit more work. :)
It does depend on your wordlist though (place words.txt in the directory with square.py).
cmsh from here: https://github.com/cipherboy/cmsh
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Sator Square is also a place where free speech is allowed, if not encouraged, and is a place for ranters, haranguers, and self-absorbed mumblers to say their piece. This all comes under the heading of street theatre, and no doubt the Patrician has somebody in the crowd to memorise names and faces and take notes, on the off-chance that what is said might actually be important, or lead to consequences.
unknown, likely a proper name, either invented or, perhaps, of Egyptian origin, e.g. coded form of the name Harpocrates or Hor-Hap (Serapis)."
However, I do think that the concept of word squares in general is still "cool", and this one is important because of its history.