[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]

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.

To unsubscribe, send mail to majordomo@xxxxxxxxxxx with a body saying:
unsubscribe vms-list