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Latin Numerals

Postby Einhard » Wed Jun 15, 2011 2:31 pm

Salvete omnes,

I'm just wondering about the _ that appears over Latin numerals. My understanding is that they indicate ten thousand- thus MM with such a dash represents 20 000. Is this the case? If so, what number does VII with such a dash represent? 70 000?

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Re: Latin Numerals

Postby adrianus » Wed Jun 15, 2011 5:09 pm

Minimè, Einharde. Milies significat istud signum ( ¯ ).
No, the bar means multiplied by a thousand.
MM¯¯ (bar over the Ms) = 2 000 000
v¯īī = 7 000
Vide http://www.web40571.clarahost.co.uk/roman/howtheywork.htm#larger
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Re: Latin Numerals

Postby Einhard » Wed Jun 15, 2011 6:44 pm

Thanks for that adrianus. It's an interesting link too.
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