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# What are Roman numerals?

**Roman numerals are a combination of letters that symbolize a number or value.** Created by the ancient Romans, the system encountered wide usage until the 14th century, when Hindu-Arabic numerals gained more widespread popularity. Roman numerals are still used in modern times, such as when identifying the Olympic games.

Roman Numerals were not only used for counting the number of objects but also the order of people sharing the same name. For example, Pope Benedict XV was the 15th pope, and Pope Benedict XVI was the 16th pope.

One of the main problems with the Roman numeral system is that it does not contain a symbol for the number zero, which is one of the reasons it fell out of use.

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## What is 47 in Roman numerals?

A: The Roman numeral equivalent of the number 47 is XLVII. The Roman numeral system uses letters and combinations of letter to represent numbers. The basic Ro... Full Answer >Filed Under: -
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## How do you write "26" in Roman numerals?

A: The number 26 is written in Roman numerals as XXVI. The Roman numeral system uses letters rather than numerals to express numbers. The basic letters used t... Full Answer >Filed Under: -
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## How is "1950" written in Roman numerals?

A: The number 1950 is written in Roman numerals as MCML. 1000 is M, 100 is C (thus 900 would be CM, or 100 less than M) and 50 is L. Roman numerals are the nu... Full Answer >Filed Under: -
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## What is the Roman numeral for 15?

A: The number 15 is written as XV in Roman numerals. The symbol X stands for ten while the symbol V stands for five. The symbol for the smaller number must be... Full Answer >Filed Under: