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Symbol I V X L C D M Value 1 (one) (unus) 5 (five) (quinque) 10 (ten) (decem) 50 (fifty) (quinquaginta) 100 (one hundred) (centum) 500 (five hundred) (quingenti) 1000 (one thousand) (mille)
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Roman numerals are a numeral system of ancient Rome based on letters of the alphabet, which are combined to signify the sum of their values. The first ten Roman numerals are:

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Hebrew Greek (Ionian) Āryabhaṭa

The Roman numeral system is decimal[1] but not directly positional and does not include a zero. It is a cousin of the Etruscan numerals, and the letters derive from earlier non-alphabetical symbols; over time the Romans came to identify the symbols with letters of their Latin alphabet. The system was modified slightly during the Middle Ages to produce the system used today. Roman numerals are commonly used in numbered lists (such as the outline format of an article), clock faces, pages preceding the main body of a book, chord triads in music analysis, the numbering of movie publication dates, months of the year, successive political leaders or children with identical names, and the numbering of annual events. See Modern usage below. For arithmetic involving Roman numerals, see Roman arithmetic and Roman abacus.
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Positional systems by base Decimal (10) 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64 1, 3, 6, 9, 12, 20, 24, 30, 36, 60, more…

Roman numerals are based on seven symbols: a stroke (identified with the letter I) for a unit, a chevron (identified with the letter V) for a five, a cross-stroke (identified with the letter X) for a ten, a C (identified as an abbreviation of Centum) for a hundred, etc.: Symbols are iterated to produce multiples of the decimal (1, 10, 100, 1000) values, with V, L, D substituted for a multiple of five, and the iteration continuing: I "1", II "2", III "3", V "5", VI "6", VII "7", etc., and the same for other bases: X "10", XX "20", XXX "30", L "50",


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×1 Ones Tens Hundreds Thousands Ten thousands Hundred thousands I X C M X C ×2 II XX CC MM XX CC ×3 III XXX CCC MMM XXX CCC ×4 IV XL CD IV XL CD ×5 V L D V L D ×6 VI LX DC VI LX DC ×7 VII LXX DCC VII LXX DCC

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Entrance to section LII of the Colosseum, with numerals still visible LXXX "80"; CC "200", DCC "700", etc. At the fourth iteration, a subtractive principle may be employed, with the base placed before the higher base: IIII or IV "4", VIIII or IX "9", XXXX or XL "40", LXXXX or XC "90", CCCC or CD "400", DCCCC or CM "900". The Romans only used what we now call capital (upper case) letters. In the Middle Ages, minuscule (lower case) letters were developed, and these are commonly used for Roman numerals: i, ii, iii, iv, etc. Also in medieval use was the substitution of j for a final i to end numbers, such as iij for 3 or vij for 7. This was not a separate letter, but merely a swash variant of i. It is used today, especially in medical prescriptions, to prevent tampering with the numbers after they are written. For large numbers (4000 and above), a bar can be placed above a base numeral, or parentheses placed around it, to indicate multiplication by 1000, although the Romans themselves often just wrote out the "M"s:[2] • V or (V) for five thousand • X or (X) for ten thousand • L or (L) for fifty thousand • C or (C) for one hundred thousand • D or (D) for five hundred thousand • M or (M) for one million

The parentheses are more versatile; (II) is synonymous with MM, but *II is not found. The basic multiples of Roman numerals thus follow a pattern: A practical way to write a Roman number is to consider the modern Arabic numeral system, and separately convert the thousands, hundreds, tens, and ones as given in the chart above. So, for instance, 1234 may be thought of as "one thousand and two hundreds and three tens and four", obtaining M (one thousand) + CC (two hundreds) + XXX (thirty) + IV (four), for MCCXXXIV. Thus eleven is XI (ten and one), 32 is XXXII (thirty and two) and 2009 is MMIX (two thousand and nine). Note that the subtractive principle is not extended beyond the chart, and VL is not used for 45, which can only be forty (XL) and five (V), or XLV.

Although the Roman numerals are now written with letters of the Roman alphabet, they were originally independent symbols. The Etruscans, for example, used I Λ X ? 8 ⊕ for I V X L C M, of which only I and X happened to be letters in their alphabet. One folk etymology has it that the V represented a hand, and that the X was made by placing two Vs on top of each other, one inverted. However, the Etrusco-Roman numerals actually appear to derive from notches on tally sticks, which continued to be used by Italian and Dalmatian shepherds into the 19th century.[3] Thus I descends not from the letter I but from a notch scored across the stick. Every fifth notch was double cut (i.e. ?, ?, ?, ?, etc.), and every tenth was cross cut (X), IIIIΛIIIIXIIIIΛIIIIXII…, much like European tally marks today. This produced a positional system: Eight on a counting stick was eight tallies, IIIIΛIII, or the eighth of a longer series of tallies; either way, it could be abbreviated ΛIII (or VIII), as the existence of a Λ


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implies four prior notches. By extension, eighteen was the eighth tally after the first ten, which could be abbreviated X, and so was XΛIII. Likewise, number four on the stick was the I-notch that could be felt just before the cut of the Λ (V), so it could be written as either IIII or IΛ (IV). Thus the system was neither additive nor subtractive in its conception, but ordinal. When the tallies were transferred to writing, the marks were easily identified with the existing Roman letters I, V, X The tenth V or X along the stick received an extra stroke. Thus 50 was written variously as N, И, K, Ψ, ?, etc., but perhaps most often as a chicken-track shape like a superimposed V and I - ?. This had flattened to ⊥ (an inverted T) by the time of Augustus, and soon thereafter became identified with the graphically similar letter L. Likewise, 100 was variously Ж, ?, ?, H, or as any of the symbols for 50 above plus an extra stroke. The form Ж (that is, a superimposed X and I) came to predominate. It was written variously as >I< or ƆIC, was then abbreviated to Ɔ or C, with C variant finally winning out because, as a letter, it stood for centum, Latin for "hundred". The hundredth V or X was marked with a box or circle. Thus 500 was like a Ɔ superposed on a ? or ⊢ — that is, like a Þ with a cross bar,— becoming D or Ð by the time of Augustus, under the graphic influence of the letter D. It was later identified as the letter D, perhaps as an abbreviation of demi-mille "half-thousand"; this at least was the folk etymology given to it later on. Meanwhile, 1000 was a circled or boxed X: ?, ⊗, ⊕, and by Augustinian times was partially identified with the Greek letter Φ phi. In different traditions it then evolved along several different routes. Some variants, such as Ψ and ↀ, were historical dead ends, although folk etymology later identified D for 500 as graphically half of Φ for 1000 because of the CD variant. A third line, ↀ, survives to this day in two variants: • One, CIƆ, led to the convention of using parentheses to indicate multiplication by a thousand: the original CIƆ = (I) 1000, then (III) for 3000, (V) 5000, (IX) 9000, (X) 10 000, (L) 50 000, (C) 100 000, (D) 500 000, (M) 1000 000, etc. This was later extended to double parentheses, as in ↁ , ↂ, etc. See #Alternate forms below. • In the other, ↀ became ∞ and ?, eventually changing to M under the

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influence of the Latin word mille "thousand".

In general, the number zero did not have its own Roman numeral, but a primitive form (nulla) was known by medieval computists (responsible for calculating the date of Easter). They included zero (via the Latin word nulla meaning "none") as one of nineteen epacts, or the age of the moon on March 22. The first three epacts were nullae, xi, and xxii (written in minuscule or lower case). The first known computist to use zero was Dionysius Exiguus in 525. Only one instance of a Roman numeral for zero is known. About 725, Bede or one of his colleagues used the letter N, the initial of nullae, in a table of epacts, all written in Roman numerals.


A triens coin (1/3 or 4/12 of an as). Note the four dots •••• indicating its value.

A semis coin (1/2 or 6/12 of an as). Note the S indicating its value. Though the Romans used a decimal system for whole numbers, reflecting how they counted in Latin, they used a duodecimal system for fractions, because the divisibility of twelve (12 = 3 × 2 × 2) makes it easier to handle the common fractions of 1/3 and 1/4 than does a system based on ten (10 = 2 × 5). On coins, many of which had values that were duodecimal fractions of the unit as, they used a tally-like notational system based on


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Fraction Roman Numeral 1/12 2/12 = 1/6 3/12 = 1/4 4/12 = 1/3 5/12 6/12 = 1/2 7/12 8/12 = 2/3 9/12 = 3/4 • •• or : ••• or ∴ •••• or :: ••••• or :•: S S• S•• or S: S••• or S:• Name (nominative and genitive) uncia, unciae sextans, sextantis quadrans, quadrantis triens, trientis quincunx, quincuncis semis, semissis septunx, septuncis bes, bessis dodrans, dodrantis or nonuncium, nonuncii Meaning "ounce" "sixth" "quarter" "third"

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"five-ounce" (quinque unciae → quincunx) "half" "seven-ounce" (septem unciae → septunx) "twice" (as in "twice a third") "less a quarter" (de-quadrans → dodrans) or "ninth ounce" (nona uncia → nonuncium) "less a sixth" (de-sextans → dextans) or "ten ounces" (decem unciae → decunx) "less an ounce" (de-uncia → deunx) "unit"

10/12 = 5/6 11/12 12/12 = 1

S•••• or S::

dextans, dextantis or decunx, decuncis

S••••• or S:•: deunx, deuncis I as, assis

twelfths and halves. A dot • indicated an uncia "twelfth", the source of the English words inch and ounce; dots were repeated for fractions up to five twelfths. Six twelfths (one half) was abbreviated as the letter S for semis "half". Uncia dots were added to S for fractions from seven to eleven twelfths, just as tallies were added to V for whole numbers from six to nine. Each of these fractions had a name, which was also the name of the corresponding coin: The arrangement of the dots was variable and not necessarily linear. Five dots arranged like :·: (as on the face of a dice) are known as a quincunx from the name of the Roman fraction/coin. The Latin words sextans and quadrans are the source of the English words sextant and quadrant. Other Roman fractions include: • 1/8 sescuncia, sescunciae (from sesqui+ uncia, i.e. 1½ uncias), represented by a sequence of the symbols for the semuncia and the uncia.

• 1/24 semuncia, semunciae (from semi+ uncia, i.e. ½ uncia), represented by several variant glyphs deriving from the shape of Greek letter sigma Σ, one variant resembling the pound sign £ without the horizontal line(s) and another resembling Cyrillic letter Є. • 1/36 binae sextulae, binarum sextularum ("two sextulas") or duella, duellae, represented by ƧƧ, a sequence of two reversed S. • 1/48 sicilicus, sicilici, represented by Ɔ, a reversed C. • 1/72 sextula, sextulae (1/6 of an uncia), represented by Ƨ, a reversed S. • 1/144 dimidia sextula, dimidiae sextulae ("half a sextula"), represented by ƻ, a reversed S crossed by a horizontal line. • 1/288 scripulum, scripuli (a scruple), represented by the symbol ?. • 1/1728 siliqua, siliquae, represented by a symbol resembling closing guillemets ».


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The notation of Roman numerals has varied through the centuries. Originally, it was common to use IIII to represent four, because IV represented the Roman god Jupiter, whose Latin name, IVPPITER, begins with IV. The subtractive notation (which uses IV instead of IIII) has become the standard notation only in modern times. For example, Forme of Cury, a manuscript from 1390, uses IX for nine, but IIII for four. Another document in the same manuscript, from 1381, uses IV and IX. A third document in the same manuscript uses IIII, IV, and IX. Constructions such as IIIII for five, IIX for eight or VV for 10 have also been discovered. Subtractive notation arose from regular Latin usage: the number 18 was duodeviginti or “two from twenty”; the number 19 was undeviginti or "one from twenty". The use of subtractive notation increased the complexity of performing Roman arithmetic, without conveying the benefits of a full positional notation system.

The Shepherd gate clock with Roman numbers up to XXIII (and 0), in Greenwich subtractive principle in one case and not the other. There are many suggested explanations for this, several of which may be true: • Louis XIV, king of France, who preferred IIII over IV, ordered his clockmakers to produce clocks with IIII and not IV, and thus it has remained.[4] • Using the standard numerals, two sets of figures would be similar and therefore confuseable by children and others unused to reading clockfaces: IV and the VI; and IX and XI. Since the first pair are additionally upside down on the face, an added level of confusion would be introduced. Better, then, to make greater character distinction between them by using IIII and VI • The four-character form IIII creates a visual symmetry with the VIII on the other side, which the character IV would not. • With IIII, the number of symbols on the clock totals twenty I’s, four V’s, and four X’s, so clock makers need only a single mold with a V, five I’s, and an X in order to make the correct number of numerals for their clocks: VIIIIIX. This is cast four times for each clock and the twelve required numerals are separated: • V IIII IX • VI II IIX • VII III X • VIII I IX The IIX and one of the IX’s are rotated 180° to form XI and XII. The alternative with IV uses seventeen I’s, five V’s, and

An inscription on Admiralty Arch, London. The numeral translates to 1910. Likewise, on some buildings it is possible to see MDCCCCX, for example, representing 1910 instead of MCMX – notably Admiralty Arch in London. The Leader Building in Cleveland, Ohio, at the corner of Superior Avenue and E.6th Street, is marked MDCCCCXII, representing 1912 instead of MCMXII. Another notable example is on Harvard Medical School’s Gordon Hall, which reads MDCCCCIIII for 1904 instead of MCMIV. In Dubrovnik, Croatia, a commemorative inscription marking the 1000th anniversary of King Tomislav’s coronation (Croatia’s first King), appears as DCCCCXXV - MDCCCCXXV (925 -1925).

Calendars and clocks
Clock faces that are labeled using Roman numerals conventionally show IIII for four o’clock and IX for nine o’clock, using the


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four X’s, requiring the clock maker to have several different molds. • Only the I symbol would be seen in the first four hours of the clock, the V symbol would only appear in the next four hours, and the X symbol only in the last four hours. This would add to the clock’s radial symmetry.

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Subtractive principle
Generally, Roman numerals are written in descending order from left to right, and are added sequentially, for example MMVI (2006) is interpreted as 1000 + 1000 + 5 + 1. Certain combinations employ a subtractive principle, which specifies that where a symbol of smaller value precedes a symbol of larger value, the smaller value is subtracted from the larger value, and the result is added to the total. For example, in MCMXLIV (1944), the symbols C, X and I each precede a symbol of higher value, and the result is interpreted as 1000 plus (1000 minus 100) plus (50 minus 10) plus (5 minus 1). A numeral for 10n (I, X, or C) may not precede a numeral larger than 10n+1, where n is an integer. That is, I may precede V and X, but not L or C; X may precede L or C, but not D or M. The numerals 5×10n (V, L, or D) may not be followed by a numeral of greater or equal value. Any symbol that appears more than once consecutively may not be followed by a symbol of larger value.

Roman numbers on stern of Cutty Sark, Greenwich • The year of production of television shows and films. • Hour marks on some clockfaces and timepieces. • The year of construction on some building faces and cornerstones. • Publication dates of books (particularly older ones); page numbering of preliminary pages; volume numbers on spines and chapter numbers. • Film series and sequels of novels and video games (such as Final Fantasy), typically emulating use in older books. • Outlines use I, II, III and i, ii, iii as part of their organizational structure. • A recurring grand event, such as the Olympic Games, Super Bowl, WrestleMania, or the Sprint All-Star Race. • Historic events, such as World War II • Names of Army Corps. • Crossword puzzle clues, particularly cryptic crosswords. • Names of cranial nerves. • Guitar chord diagrams.

Modern usage
Roman numerals remained in common use until about the 14th century, when they were replaced by Hindu-Arabic numerals (thought to have been introduced to Europe from alAndalus, by way of Arab traders and arithmetic treatises, around the 11th century). The Roman number system is generally regarded as obsolete in modern usage, but is still seen occasionally. Classical numbering is often used to suggest importance or timelessness, or in other cases where an alternate numbering system is useful for clarity. Examples of their current use include: • Names of monarchs and Popes, e.g. Elizabeth II, Benedict XVI. These are ordinal numbers; e.g. "II" is pronounced "the second".


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Roman numeral Scale degree (major mode) I ii iii IV V vi

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tonic supertonic mediant subdominant dominant submediant leading tone satellites—as well as computerization, this is somewhat disparaged for the minor worlds, at least in computerized listings. Science fiction, and not astronomy per se, has adopted the use for numbering the planets around a star; e.g., Planet Earth is called "Sol III". In photography, Roman numerals (with zero) are used to denote varying levels of brightness when using the Zone system. In earthquake seismology, Roman numerals are used to designate degrees of the Mercalli intensity scale.

• Parts of laws, such as Titles (EG. Civil Rights Act of 1964) or Schedules (EG. Controlled Substances Act). • Sports teams, indicating the number of players in the squad. In rugby union, the 1st XV of a particular club would be the 1st and best team the club has, likewise for the XIII in rugby league, and XI for football (soccer), field hockey and cricket. Sometimes the numerals are written using lower-case letters (thus: i, ii, iii, iv, etc.), particularly if numbering paragraphs or sections within chapters, or for the pagination of the front matter of a book. Undergraduate degrees at British universities are generally graded using I, IIi, IIii, III for first, upper second (often pronounced "two one"), lower second (often pronounced "two two") and third class respectively. In chemistry, Roman numerals were formerly used to denote the group in the periodic table of the elements. But there was not international agreement as to whether the group of metals which dissolve in water should be called Group IA or IB, for example, so although references may use them, the international norm has recently switched to Arabic numerals. However, Roman numerals are still used in the IUPAC nomenclature of inorganic chemistry, for the oxidation number of cations which can take on several different positive charges. For example, FeO is iron(II) oxide and Fe2O3 is iron(III) oxide. In contrast, Arabic numerals are used to denote the formal oxidation state (which is not always the same as the oxidation number) of positively or negatively charged atoms. They are also used for naming phases of polymorphic crystals, such as ice. In astronomy, the natural satellites or "moons" of the planets are traditionally designated by capital Roman numerals, at first by order from the center of the planet, as the four Galilean satellites of Jupiter are numbered, and later by order of discovery; e.g., Callisto was "Jupiter IV" or "J IV". Notably, the notation IV was mostly disused by the Romans for its similarity to the first two letters of Jupiter. With recent discoveries—Jupiter currently has 63 known

Music theory
In music theory, while scale degrees are typically represented with Arabic numerals, often modified with a caret or circumflex, the triads that have these degrees as their roots are often identified by Roman numerals (as in chord symbols). See also diatonic functions. Upper-case Roman numerals indicate major triads while lower-case Roman numerals indicate minor triads, as the following chart illustrates. Lower-case Roman numerals with a degree symbol indicate diminished triads. For example, in the major mode the triad on the seventh scale degree, the leading tone triad is diminished. Also in music theory, individual strings of stringed instruments, such as the violin, are often denoted by Roman numerals, with higher numbers denoting lower strings. For example I signifies the E string on the violin and the A string on the viola and cello, these being the highest strings, respectively, on each instrument. They are also sometimes used to signify position. In this case, the number in Roman numerals corresponds with the position number. For example, III means third position and V means fifth.

Modern non-English-speaking usage
The above uses are customary for Englishspeaking countries. Although many of them are also maintained in other countries, those countries have additional uses for Roman


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Roman numeral Scale degree (minor mode) I II III IV V VI VII i ii° III iv V VI

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(♭)VII vii°

tonic supertonic mediant subdominant dominant submediant subtonic leading tone

9:30–17:30 9:30–19:00 9:30–17:30 9:30–17:30 9:30–19:00 9:30–13:00 — of businesses. Monday is represented by I, which is the initial day of the week. Sunday is represented by VII, which is the final day of the week. The hours of operation signs are tables composed of two columns where the left column is the day of the week in Roman numerals and the right column is a range of hours of operation from starting time to closing time. The following example hours-of-operation table would be for a business whose hours of operation are 9:30AM to 5:30PM on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays; 9:30AM to 7:00PM on Tuesdays and Fridays; and 9:30AM to 1:00PM on Saturdays; and which is closed on Sundays.

numerals that are not normally employed in English-speaking regions. The French, Hungarian, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Spanish and Catalan languages use capital Roman numerals to denote centuries. For example, XVIII refers to the eighteenth century, so as to avoid confusion between the 18th century and the 1800s. (The Italians also take the opposite approach, basing names of centuries on the digits of the years; quattrocento for example is a common Italian name for secolo XV, the fifteenth century.) Some scholars in English-speaking countries have adopted the former method. In Italy, Poland, Russia, Central Europe, and in Portuguese, Romanian and Serbian languages, mixed Roman and Arabic numerals are used to record dates (usually on tombstones, but also elsewhere, such as in formal letters and official documents). Just as an old clock recorded the hour by Roman numerals while the minutes were measured in Arabic numerals, the month is written in Roman numerals while the day is in Arabic numerals: 14-VI-1789 is 14 June 1789. This is how dates are inscribed on the walls of the Kremlin, for example. This method has the advantage that days and months are not confused in rapid note-taking, and that any range of days or months can be expressed without confusion. For instance, V-VIII is May to August, while 1-V-31-VIII is May 1 to August 31. In Eastern Europe, especially the Baltic nations, Roman numerals are used to represent the days of the week in hours-of-operation signs displayed in windows or on doors

A five–watt resistor as per GOST 2.728–74. In CIS countries, capital Roman numerals I, II and V still are sometimes used according to the regional standard GOST 2.728–74 (2002), to specify rated resistor power (in watts) in schematic symbols by inscribing the numeral along inside the symbol rectangle. Since the French use capital Roman numerals to refer to the quarters of the year (III is the third quarter), and this has become the norm in some European standards organisation, the mixed Roman–Arabic method of recording the date has switched to lowercase


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Base number 1 extra Ɔ 2 extra Ɔs 3 extra Ɔs IƆ = 500 IƆƆ = 5,000 IƆƆƆ = 50,000 CIƆ = 1,000 CCIƆƆ = 10,000

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CCCIƆƆƆ = 100,000 CCCIƆƆƆƆ = 100,500 CCCIƆƆƆƆƆƆ = 150,000 in certain (serif) typefaces, particularly Times New Roman, the capital letters when used without spaces simulates the appearance of the under/over bar, e.g. MCMLXVII. Sometimes 500, usually D, was written as I followed by an apostrophus or apostrophic C (which resembles a backwards C, i.e. Ɔ), while 1,000, usually M, was written as CIƆ. This is believed to be a system of encasing numbers to denote thousands (imagine the Cs as parentheses). This system has its origins from Etruscan numeral usage. The D and M symbols to represent 500 and 1,000 were most likely derived from IƆ and CIƆ, respectively. An extra Ɔ denoted 500, and multiple extra Ɔs are used to denote 5,000, 50,000, etc. For example: Sometimes CIƆ was reduced to a lemniscate symbol (ↀ) for denoting 1,000. John Wallis is often credited for introducing this symbol to represent infinity (∞), and one conjecture is that he based it on this usage, since 1,000 was hyperbolically used to represent very large numbers. Similarly, 5,000 (IƆƆ) was reduced to ↁ; and 10,000 (CCIƆƆ) was reduced to ↂ. In medieval times, before the letter j emerged as a distinct letter, a series of letters i in Roman numerals was commonly ended with a flourish; hence they actually looked like ij, iij, iiij, etc. This proved useful in preventing fraud, as it was impossible, for example, to add another i to vij to get viij. This practice is now merely an antiquarian’s note; it is never used.

CIƆƆ = 1,500 CCIƆƆƆ = 10,500

CCIƆƆƆƆ = 15,000 CCCIƆƆƆƆƆ = 105,000

Roman numerals in many circles, as 4-viii-1961. (ISO has since specified that dates should be given in all Arabic numerals, in ISO 8601 formats.) In geometry, Roman numerals are often used to show lines of equal length. In Romania and Serbia to lesser extent, Roman numerals are used for floor numbering. Likewise apartments in central Amsterdam are indicated as 138-III, with both an Arabic numeral (number of the block or house) and a Roman numeral (floor number). The apartment on the ground floor is indicated as ’138-huis’. In Poland, Roman numerals are used for ordinals in names of some institutions. In particular high schools ("V Liceum Ogólnokształcące w Krakowie" - 5th High School in Kraków), tax offices ("II Urząd Skarbowy w Gdańsku" - 2nd Office of Treasury in Gdańsk) and courts ("I Wydział Cywilny Sądu Okręgowego" - District Court, 1st Civil Division) - use Roman numerals. Institutions that use "Institution nr N" notation always use Arabic numerals. These include elementary ("Szkoła Podstawowa nr 5") and middle schools ("Gimnazjum nr 5"). Roman numerals are rarely used in Asia. The motion picture rating system in Hong Kong uses categories I, IIA, IIB, and III based on Roman numerals.

Alternate forms
In the Middle Ages, Latin writers used a horizontal line above a particular numeral to represent one thousand times that numeral, and additional vertical lines on both sides of the numeral to denote one hundred times the number, as in these examples: • I for one thousand • V for five thousand • |I| for one hundred thousand • |V| for five hundred thousand The same overline was also used with a different meaning, to clarify that the characters were numerals. Sometimes both underline and overline were used, e. g. MCMLXVII, and

Medieval Roman numerals
Most uniquely, during the Middle Ages there came about a unique, more comprehensive shorthand for writing Roman numerals, called today the "medieval Roman numerals." This system used almost every other letter of the Roman alphabet to stand as abbreviations for more longhand numbers (usually those that consisted of repetitions of the same symbol). They are still listed today in most


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Modern Medieval Notes number abbreviation 5 6 7 11 40 70 80 90 150 151 160 200 250 300 400 500 800 900 2000 A ? S, Z O F S R N Y K T H E B P, G Q W ĵ, ↑ Z Presumed abbreviation of nonaginta, Latin for 90. Possibly derived from the lowercase y’s shape.

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Resembles an upside-down V. Also said to equal 500. Either a ligature of VI, or the Greek letter stigma (Ϛ), having the same numerical value.[6] Presumed abbreviation of septem, Latin for 7. Presumed abbreviation of (e.g.) onze, French for 11. Presumed abbreviation of English forty. Also could stand for 7, and has same etymology.

This unusual abbreviation’s origin is unknown; it has also been said to stand for 250. Possibly derived from Greek tetra, as 4 x 40 = 160.

Redundant with D, abbreviation for quingenti, Latin for 500. More properly, the Greek ω, as W was a fairly new creation. Resembled a crooked up arrow.

dictionaries, although through disfavor are primarily out of use.[5]

Modern Roman numerals
Some "modern" Roman numerals, post-Victorian era, are shown below: An accurate way to write large numbers in Roman numerals is to handle first the thousands, then hundreds, then tens, then units. Example: the number 1988. One thousand is M, nine hundred is CM, eighty is LXXX, eight is VIII. Put it together: MCMLXXXVIII.

Unicode has a number of characters specifically designated as Roman numerals, as part of the Number Forms[7] range from U+2160 to U+2188. This range includes both upperand lowercase numerals, as well as pre-combined glyphs for numbers up to 12 (Ⅻ or XII), mainly intended for the clock faces for compatibility with large East-Asian character sets

such as JIS X 0213 that provide these characters. The pre-combined glyphs should only be used to represent the individual numbers where the use of individual glyphs is not wanted, and not to replace compounded numbers. Additionally, glyphs exist for archaic[7] forms of 1000, 5000, 10,000, large reversed C (Ɔ), late 6 (?, similar to Greek Stigma: Ϛ), early 50 (?, similar to down arrow ↓?⊥[6]), 50,000, and 100,000. Note that the small reversed c, ↄ is not intended to be used in roman numerals, but as lower case Claudian letter Ↄ, The characters in the range U+2160–217F are present only for compatibility with other character set standards which provide these characters. For ordinary uses, the standard Latin letters are preferred. Displaying these characters requires a program that can handle Unicode and a font that contains appropriate glyphs for them.


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Standard none I II III IV V VI VII VIII IX X XI XII XIII XIV XV XVI XVII XVIII XIX XX XXI XXV XXX XXXV XL XLV XLIX L LX LXIX LXX LXXVI LXXX XC XCIX C CL Arabic 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 25 30 35 40 45 49 50 60 69 70 76 80 90 99 100 150 100−10 The abbreviation for the Septuagint 50−10 IIX was used rarely in the Middle Ages. 10-1 VV was used rarely in the Middle Ages. Notes N was used at least once (by Bede about 725).

Roman numerals

IIII is still used on clock and Tarot card faces. See Calendars and clocks above. IIIII was used rarely in the Middle Ages.

Per rule above, IL would not be generally accepted.

As opposed to the "shortcut" way IC seen above. This is the origin of using the slang term "C-bill" or "C-note" for "$100 bill".


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CC CCC CD D DC DCLXVI DCC DCCC CM M MCDXLIV MDCLXVI 200 300 400 500 600 666 700 800 900 1000 1444 1666 1000−100 500−100

Roman numerals

Using every symbol except M in descending order gives the beast number.

Smallest pandigital number (each symbol is used) Largest efficient pandigital number (each symbol occurs exactly once) Longest number when written (excluding multiple M’s)

MDCCCLXXXVIII 1888 MCMXLV MCMXCVII MCMXCIX MM MMI MMII MMIII MMIV MMVIII MMIX MMD MMM IV V VMDCLXVI X L C D M 1945 1997 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2008 2009 2500 3000 4000 5000 6666 10000 50000 100000 500000 1000000

Shortcuts like IMM and MIM disagree with the rule stated above

5000−1000, sometimes MMMM This number uses every symbol up to V once.

After the Renaissance, the Roman system could also be used to write chronograms. It was common to put in the first page of a book some phrase, so that when adding the I, V, X, L, C, D, M present in the phrase, the reader would obtain a number, usually the year of

publication. The phrase was often (but not always) in Latin, as chronograms can be rendered in any language that utilises the Roman alphabet.


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Table of Roman numerals in Unicode Code 0 1 2 Ⅱ ⅱ ↁ 2 3 Ⅲ ⅲ ↂ 3 4 5 6 4 5 6 7 7 8 8 9 Ⅸ ⅸ ? 9 Ⅹ ⅹ A B C

Roman numerals

D Ⅽ ⅽ

E Ⅾ ⅾ

F Ⅿ ⅿ

Value[8] 1 U+2160 Ⅰ U+2170 ⅰ Value U+2180 ↀ

10 11 12 50 100 500 1,000 Ⅺ Ⅻ Ⅼ ⅺ ⅻ ⅼ

Ⅳ Ⅴ Ⅵ Ⅶ Ⅷ ⅳ ⅴ ⅵ ⅶ ⅷ Ↄ ↄ ? ? ?

1000 5000 10,000 – – 6 50 50,000 100,000

• ucy Can’t Drink Milk • azy Cows Don’t Moo • ittle Cats Drink Milk • Monitor • ucky Charlie Dates Mum A longer mnemonic helps to recall the order of Roman numerals from large to small. • y Dear Cat Loves eXtra Vitamins Intensely

See also
• Kharoṣṭhī numerals • Urnfield culture numerals

[1] Or more precisely, "a decimal system in which the number 5 is an auxiliary base" (Ifrah 200:193) [2] Roman numerals: How they work: Larger numbers [3] Georges Ifrah, The Universal History of Numbers: From Prehistory to the Invention of the Computer. Translated by David Bellos, E. F. Harding, Sophie Wood, Ian Monk. John Wiley & Sons, 2000. [4] W.I. Milham, Time & Timekeepers (New York: Macmillan, 1947) p. 196 [5] Capelli, A. Dictionary of Latin Abbreviations. 1912. [6] ^ Perry, David J. Proposal to Add Additional Ancient Roman Characters to UCS. [7] ^ Unicode Number Forms [8] For the first two rows • Menninger, Karl (1992). Number Words and Number Symbols: A Cultural History of Numbers. Dover Publications. ISBN 0-486-27096-3.

Roman numerals, 16th century

Mnemonic devices
There are several mnemonics that can be useful in remembering the Roman numeral system. The following mnemonics recall the order of Roman numeral values above ten, with L being 50, C being 100, D being 500, and M being 1000. • et Caesar Destroy Mountains • ucky Cows Drink Milk


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The Basic modern Latin alphabet

Roman numerals

Aa Bb Cc Dd Ee Ff Gg Hh Ii Jj Kk Ll Mm Nn Oo Pp Qq Rr Ss Tt Uu Vv Ww Xx Yy Zz history • palaeography • derivations • diacritics • punctuation • numerals • Unicode • list of letters • ISO/IEC 646

External links
• Conversion algorithm and demonstration program (with java source code) for numbers up to 3,999 • Conversion program (with javascript source code) for numbers up to 3,999,999 • FAQ #1 Why do clocks with Roman numerals use "IIII" instead of "IV"?: • Minor history of the rules of Roman Numerals and an Arabic to Roman Numeral Converter

• Online Converter for Decimal/Roman Numerals (JavaScript, GPL) • Roman Numeral Conversion Exercises (Java) • Romance in Numbers by Paul Niquette • Simple Roman Numeral Converter in C (C) • Web Based Converter - Decimal to Roman Numerals • French book with 841 chapters, numbered up to DCCCXLI

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