A Brief History of Roman Numerals

Roman Numerals

They were the usual way to write numbers in Europe until the late Middle Ages. Roman numerals represent numbers by Latin alphabet letters. Here’s a brief history of Roman numerals and their origins. Now, you can use Roman numerals to tell time and remember important dates. If you can read a map of the Roman Empire, you’re halfway there! Read More  – INNERZI

Did you know that Roman Numerals date back to ancient Rome?

While the use of Roman numerals has diminished considerably over time, they remain common in various contexts. For example, in central Amsterdam, you’ll see that apartments are indicated as 138-III. Then, in another city, the apartment is indicated as 138-huis. Major roads in Italy are marked with Roman numerals, from I to IX. A sign IX/17, for example, means seventeen kilometers.

Until the Renaissance, Roman numerals were etched in wood. They followed the same principles as our modern-day numerals. For example, a number seven written on a tally stick would appear as IIIIVII. The same applies to the longer Roman numerals, such as seventeen. These numbers would then be shortened to XVII. The numbers themselves were formed by combining ‘L’, ‘C’, and ‘D’.

Besides a system of Roman Numerals, we can trace the history of the use of numbers from the ancient world. The first Romans used numbers from one to ten, with a symbol for each number. The Romans also used the Latin letter C to represent a hundred. The symbol for ten, meanwhile, was X, which was derived from the first letter of the Latin word for ten.