

Article Roman NumeralsThe Roman's had a numeric code, a way of writing numbers that is still in use today. You will see on some TV programmes, the year the programme was made in this form for example. Some car booters' write the minimum offer price they will accept on the back of price tickets in this form, as most people just don't know or can't be bothered to work it out. Its a very simple system, based on 1, 5, 10, 50, 100, 500, and 1000.
If smaller values are after a larger one you add it on, if before you subtract it, so XI is 11 while IX is 9, as most people add faster than they subtract you have up to 3 to add and only 1 to subtract, so 8=VIII where 9 = IX This same pattern is used throughout the numbers, so MM is 2000, MMVIII is 2008 1999 is simply IMM one year before 2000 1970 is MCMLXX MCM =1900 LXX is 70 So how do we remember the letter values
Have some practice and family fun with this, the next time you see them in texts, on TV Titles, grave stones or elsewhere, they will make complete sense to you. We also have another file Guide to Roman Numbers, which is a guide to the number system, dates and a Ready Reckoner to make it easier to work out how to go about this.




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