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# Why are roman numerals no longer used today?

## Answer

###### Wiki User

###### June 01, 2009 2:04PM

They are limited and cumbersome. For example 3456 would be written as MMMCCCLVI, and 4888 would be MMMMDCCCLXXXVIII. Now try adding them together.

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### How far back do Roman numerals go?

Well over 2000 years. However the Roman Numerals we use today
are not the Roman Numerals that the Romans used.
As the Romans used them there was no ordering: IV & VI were
both six, four could only be written as IIII, etc.
It was monks in the middle ages that introduced modern Roman
Numerals as a shorthand form.

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### Why are roman numerals still getting used today?

Because the ancient Latin language is still being used today and
Roman numerals are the numerical aspect of the Latin language which
was once spoken by the ancient Romans.
Further many children learn roman numerals in elementary or high
school. Using Roman numerals can be well used for marketing
purposes. For example Event III can seem more impressive than Event
3.
Using roman numerals are good for enumerating lists without
using digits. They are often used in multi-level lists.