so yeah, I know what one to twelve looks like, but not thirteen onwards.
Another theory posits that the numerals originated from finger counting. The numeral “V” (five) represented a hand held upright with the fingers and thumb apart.
The numeral “X” (ten) represented both hands held upright and the two thumbs crossing each other.
Roman numerals follows the history of ancient Rome itself from its early stages at the Latin Palatine Hill in 8th and 9th century BC to its fall in the 2nd Century AD from civil war, plague, civil apathy and the rise of Christianity and Northern European powers.
“The Roman Empire had inspirational, industrious and intellectual beginnings.
However that was a long time ago, these days they are used for list items, chapter headings, copyright dates and to mark film sequels such as the IIII instead of IV, this is because it adds symmetry to the clock face – although I don’t really think it adds symmetry at all.
Numerals are often used to show the time on sundials too. It goes from 1 to 2016, and don’t ask why it stops at that number, but yeah.
This all goes back to the fact that Roman numerals were developed primarily to count and keep track of things for commerce.
Consequently, higher-level math was and is pretty much impossible with this system.
And finally, if you’re wondering what the year is in Roman numerals, here’s your answer: 2010 = MMX 2011 = MMXI 2012 = MMXII 2013 = MMXIII 2014 = MMXIV 2015 = MMXV 2016 = MMXVI 2017 = MMXVII 2018 = MMXVIII 2019 = MMXIX 2020 = MMXX[/fusion_builder_column] Luke Ward is the founder of The Fact Site.
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