# The Roman Crypto

This was found engraved into a stone in Roman times:

And underneath, an inscription:

eoofrddene·en.do·xfrtfscqqiiut·iucraeiuioceaarriocsrt·s·ieaei,imt·oesa·serism?·,·

Even with only this minimal information, I'm sure you will be able to answer one simple question:

Who wrote it?

Who wrote it?

Catullus

Solution:

1. The numbers on the Roman stone form a Sudoku. Solve it.
2. The inscription underneath consists of 81 symbols. Bring it into a 9x9 square.
3. Match the occurrences of "I" in the sudoku with the corresponding letters in the 9x9 inscription square. Read them one by one, from top to bottom. This yields "odi.et.am".
4. Do the same for the occurrences of "II". This yields "o.quare.i".
5. Repeat for III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX.

The resulting sentence is

odi.et.amo.quare.id.faciam,fortasse.requiris?nescio,sed.fieri.sentio.et.excrucior
respectively:
"Odi et amo. quare id faciam, fortasse requiris? nescio, sed fieri sentio et excrucior."
This is the famous poem 85 by Catullus.

• Very well done :) – Tryth Apr 2 '15 at 11:27
• @Tryth: the puzzle was a pleasure to solve. every step was kind of logical, but not at all easy to find. – Alexis Apr 2 '15 at 11:36