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Re: VMs: Random Text Generation

I don't currently know if any of the 15th Century number codes mentioned in the crypto literature (such as that used for the most part by the Strozzi) were ever written in Roman numerals - does anyone here know of any?

I don't know of any, but can think of a reason why they might not have been used. Roman numerals contain inherent patterns; i, ii, iii, iv - these would be very handy clues for a would-be decipherer. The Arabic numerals, however, offer no such points of entry.

A number code (ie a code) is just a set of indices into a dictionary - so it shouldn't matter whether it's in Arabic numerals or in Roman numerals. Yet all the examples I've seen have been in the former... but the idea must predate (say) 1440 for sure.

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