Roman numerals

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Entrance tae section LII (52) o the Colosseum, wi numerals still veesible

Rouman numerals, the numeric seestem uised in auncient Roum, employs combinations o letters frae the Laitin alphabet tae signify values. The nummers 1 tae 10 can be expressed in Roman numerals as follaes:

I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X.

The Roman numeral seestem is a cousin o Etruscan numerals. Uise o Roman numerals continued efter the decline o the Roman Empire. Frae the 14t century on, Roman numerals began tae be replaced in maist contexts bi mair convenient Hindu-Arabic numerals; however this process wis gradual, an the uise o Roman numerals in some minor applications continues tae this day.

Readin Roman numerals[eedit | eedit soorce]

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"2014" as a Roman numeral

Roman Numerals, as uised today, are based on seven seembols:[1]

Symbol Value
I 1
V 5
X 10
L 50
C 100
D 500
M 1,000

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. Alphabetic symbols for larger numbers, such as Q for 500,000, have also been used to various degrees of standardization.Gordon, Arthur E. (1982). Illustrated Introduction to Latin Epigraphy. Berkeley: University of California Press. ISBN 0520050797.