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# Can you read Roman numerals?

Apr 13th, 2007, 07:56 AM
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Can you read Roman numerals?

On the way to work this morning, I saw a sign: this building was erected in MCMXXVI.

I think M=1,000 C=100, if before another M, it becomes negative -100, so MCM is 1900. X=10, V=5, I is 1. So I read MCMXXVI as 1926, is this correct?
Apr 13th, 2007, 07:58 AM
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It is 1926
Apr 13th, 2007, 08:00 AM
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At google, do:
MCMXXVI in arabic -- gives 1926
1926 in roman -- gives MCMXXVI

(I tried this on a whim and it worked.)
Paul
Apr 13th, 2007, 08:03 AM
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Oh, so I still remember what they taught me at school... too many years ago Thank you, both!
Apr 13th, 2007, 01:37 PM
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Yes, 1926.
Apr 13th, 2007, 10:35 PM
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Congratulations, but do you know what means in ancient roman the letter "D" ?
Apr 13th, 2007, 10:41 PM
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D= 500, L = 50
Apr 14th, 2007, 03:36 AM
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Exactly.
Apr 14th, 2007, 04:56 AM
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I wonder if most elementary schools still teach about Roman numerals? Great post FainaAgain...
Apr 14th, 2007, 02:54 PM
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I went to school in the USSR, they taught us roman numerals, but not many students would remember that. I just like numbers and work in accounting. Besides, I am Jewish, and in Hebrew numbers correspond with letters.
Apr 15th, 2007, 05:06 AM
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I lerned in school in Romania, and there they teached us the Roman numbers. I remember that we wrote the date like 4-VII-1999 for July 4th 1999.

Faina, you are great! I live now in Israel, but for me is difficult to use the letter as numbers! I use the letters (as all the people here for the days of the week).

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