Saturday, October 18, 2008

How Do I Read and Write Roman Numerals?

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This is the new home of my blog that helps people read and write Roman Numerals. Since March 2007 I've been helping people write Roman Numerals (on the Wordpress blog) for birthdays, anniversaries, children's birthdays and tattoos.

I have answered over 1000 questions about how to write Roman Numerals.

Please feel free to continue asking questions via the comments. I'll answer ASAP!

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1000+ Questions and Answers About Roman Numerals

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Want to impress your friends and family? Learn how to read and write Roman Numerals. It’s easy!

First there are 7 distinct numerals from which to create all the other Roman numerals:

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V =5

X =10

L =50

C =100

D =500

M =1000

To create other numerals you will need to combine two or more of the seven. So, for example, number 2 is II, 3 is III, but 4 is IV. Why? because IIII (four of the same number together) becomes unmanageable. Four then is created by placing I in front of V and subtracting 1 from 5 which equals 4.

So far then we have numerals for our Arabic numbers 1-5. We continue simply adding I to V: VI = 6, VII = 7, VIII=8, but 9 is IX. For the same reason we didn’t use IIII for 4, nine is created by placing I in front of X and subtracting 1 from 10 to get 9 (IX).

Are we beginning to see a pattern here?

Numerals above X (10) are XI, XII, XIII, XIV, XV, XVI, XVII, XVIII, XIX and XX is 20.

Then XXX = 30, XXXI = 31 and so on.

XL = 40, XLI = 41 etc.

LX = 60, LXX = 70, LXXX = 80, XC = 90

Let’s try to create a number in Roman numerals. How about 1944. Let’s start from the left:

1000 = M

900 = CM

40 = XL

4 = IV

Put together the numeral is MCMXLIV.

Most of the time Roman numerals are used to express year dates, especially the date for the making of a movie or a television program. Roman numerals are also used on formal documents and papers, analog clocks, and on building cornerstones.

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1,041 comments:

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Anonymous said...

The date may 15 1991

Anonymous said...

How do you write January 16, 1989 in Roman Numerals thinking of getting a tattoo and want to make sure I have it correct before getting it.

DanielSai said...

Dear,

May I know how could I write 12/12/1991 in Roman?
I appreciate for your great help :)

Anonymous said...

How do you write
March 11,2003

Anonymous said...

How do you do november 17 2011

Anonymous said...

How do you write August 27 1995

Anonymous said...

Is this the correct way to write Nov 1, 1994?
XI I MCMXCIIII or XI I MCMXCIV
My name is Avrin by the way

Anonymous said...

Can u help me please after my sons d.o.b it's 7-11-2013 can u translate really want tattoo xxx

Jeremy Miles said...

Trying to get a tattoo, can you tell me what 8/3/1994 would be

Anonymous said...

I need help with May 3, 2008. Thanks

Indian Princess said...

Hello Mary... Can you please tell me the correct form for 23.5.1975? Like have seen it as XXIII.V.MCMXXV and XXIII.V.XIXLXXV

previndirran thevar said...

31.8.1992 In roman can anyone tell me please please god will bless you

Anonymous said...

How do you write April 14 2013

Anonymous said...

How would I write 2008 in roman numberous in old english

Carlo Hizon said...

Hello, I decided to have a tattoo. Can you help me with my birth date? April 22, 1991. Thanks for the answer.

Carlo Hizon said...

Hello, I decided to have a tattoo. Can you help me with my birth date? April 22, 1991. Thanks for the answer.

Carlo Hizon said...

Hello, I decided to have a tattoo. Can you help me with my birth date? April 22, 1991. Thanks for the answer.

Anonymous said...

Hi. How do you write 1/15/1960 in roman numerals.
Thank you

Anonymous said...

Hi :-D how do you write 22nd February 2008 in Roman numerals ? Thank you :-D

Anonymous said...

How do I write 10/03/1943 ?

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Gelisa Tyler said...

Hello! How do I write January 3, 1990?

Gelisa Tyler said...

Hello! How do I write January 3, 1990?

roxxy said...

Whats March 3, 1975 & March 13, 1978 in Roman numerals? Please help thanks (:

Anonymous said...

i i was wondering how do you write the date february 3rd 1991 in roman numerals?

Anonymous said...

How do I write 17722 in Roman Numerals??? I really don't get how to do that!

Anonymous said...

How do I write 17722 in Roman Numerals??? I really don't get how to do that!

Marissa Trevino said...

Hi , how do you write febuary 9th 1957 , doing it for my grandmas birthday I am getting it tattooed on my arm since she had passed

Marissa Trevino said...

How do your in Roman numerals feb. 9th 1957 getting a tattoo of my grandmas birthday since she had passed

Ghoran Juanmiry said...

How do I write 18 06 2009

Ghoran Juanmiry said...

How do I write 18 06 2009

N Garcia said...

How do I write the date: October 11, 1991

Angel Palacios said...

Hi there I'm trying to get a tattoo of my parents birthdays could you help me? The dates are 12/10/1968 and 10/07/1968 thanks

Anonymous said...

Hi Mary, hopefully you Stillwater questions on This blog. Just to confirm March 31 1988 - April 06 2002 would be III XXX MCMLXXXVIII - IV VI MMII, is that correct? Thank you!

Elroy Edwin Van Milder said...

Hi Mary,

Can you kindly help me couldn't get it after using the table

December 5, 2009

Anonymous said...

29/01/2000?

Anonymous said...

What would XIMM.XI. mean?

Anonymous said...


Sorry, I meant XIMM.IX.

Leslie Lim said...

It is great to have the opportunity to read a good quality article with useful information on topics that plenty are interested on.

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Anonymous said...

how do I writer MMIV vertically

Chris Hughes said...

I'm getting MCMLXXXVI as a tattoo, I was wondering does it have to be as one sequence of numbers like that or can it be broken up with a full stop or two an still represent the same year 1986, any advice would help thanks

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