# Roman numerals

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A medieval system developed from a cruder Roman system. The system of Roman numerals is based on using special symbols to denote decimal digits \$ I = 1 \$, \$ X = 10 \$, \$ C = 100 \$, \$ M = 1000 \$, and their halves \$ V = 5 \$, \$ L = 50 \$, \$ D = 500 \$. Positive integers are written by repeating these numerals. When a letter is followed by a letter of lesser value, the values are added (addition principle), when a letter is followed by a letter of greater value, the smaller is subtracted from the larger (subtraction principle). The latter rule is only applied in order to prevent a fourfold repetition of the same letter. In this system it is rather inconvenient to carry out arithmetic operations with multi-digit numerals. At present, the Roman numerals are no longer used, except in certain cases such as the designation of centuries and years A.D. and also months when designating dates, ordinal numbers and sometimes derivatives of low order higher than three: \$ y ^ {IV } , y ^ {V} \$, etc.