Origin of Roman Numerals
When were roman numerals
discovered? The history and origin of Roman numerals has not
been made clear by the writers of the period. What is clear
is that numerals were used by the ancient Etruscans. An
interesting aspect of the Etruscan numeral system is that
some numbers, like in the number system of the Romans, are
represented as partial subtractions. The Etruscan numeric
system was adapted from the Greek Attic numerals providing
ideas for the later Roman numerals. However, the origin of
the Roman numeral system is probably very simple. The system
is based on the number 10 - so no doubt this ancient
counting system was originally based based on a counting
method using the fingers. A single stroke of the pen would
represent one finger. The Latin word for 100 is centum and
for 1000 is mille giving the numerals C and M.
Large Roman Numerals
Use this Numerals
Conversion Chart to translate large numbers into Roman Numerals.
Large Roman Numerals Conversion Chart
Use this Roman Numerals
Conversion Chart to translate large numbers into numerals.
For the large numbers (4000 and above), a horizontal bar is placed
above a base numeral to indicate multiplication by 1000.
Roman Numerals - Remember
The following memory aid that can be useful in helping to
translate numbers into Roman Numerals. Use this as an easy
reminder of how to read and convert Roman numerals.!
"My Daft Cousin
Loves Extra Vitamins!"
My: M: 1000
Daft: D: 500
Cousin: C: 100
Loves: L: 50
Extra: X: 10
Vitamins: V: 5