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VMs: Re: Roman Numerals
On Friday, January 23, 2004 8:45 AM Jeff wrote "Can anyone tell me if CCVL
is a valid set of Roman numerals and if so what is the number?"
Yes it is. There are not "set" standards about Roman numerals other than
what was common practice. A smaller numeral - like V - before a larger one
subtracts form the larger one. Then the construct VL is equivalent
to -5+50=45 and it adds to the CC, that is 245.
In practice - because of their cumbersome addition rules, they would use the
much less elegant CCXLV (200-10+50+5=245) simply because XL (40) was more
recognisable than VL - just a question of habit I guess.
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