For someone who still insists on using the wrong method you're rather cheeky, aren't you? But what do I know, I only got an MA in ancient history...Originally Posted by villahed
If you INSIST on using the "V" in lieu of "5000" you should use the Vinculum! Basically it looks like this:
Of course that's not as easy to display, but I think that's because ancient romans didn't have any keyboards!
You COULD also use the "V" multiplication-style, then it'd look like this: "V•M"
Or you could use the Apostrophus for 5000, that looks like this: ↁ
The wiki says that "M" is only used for up to 3000, which isn't all that correct, as there are historic examples to the contrary (though admittedly those were mostly used in later, medieval times, and occasionally in the days when Rome was still a kingdom/city-state, and not during the Roman empire itself).
Bottom line: Either use the Roman Numerals properly, or don't use them at all! Simply putting a V in front of everything else is, and has always been, wrong (or at best insufficient).
Last edited by Phantar; 09-22-2011 at 01:50 AM.
"Rocky V plus Rocky II = Rocky VII - Adrian's Revenge!"
I remember that Simpsons episode well!
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