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# What is the sum of 49 plus 19 plus 999 plus 709 but showing all work and answer entirely in Roman numerals with explanations?

Updated: 12/22/2022

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8y ago

The rules as we now know them today now governing the Roman numeral system had absolutely nothing to do with the ancient Romans whatsoever because they were introduced during the Middle Ages and as a result of these rules the equivalent of the given numbers are now considered to be XLIX, XIX, CMXCIX and DCCIX respectively which does not quite lend themselves easily towards the purpose of arithmetical operations but the Romans would have most probably worked the equivalent of 49, 19, 999 and 709 in a logically abridged format as follows:-

IL+IXX+IM+IDCCX = MDCCLXXVI => (50-1)+(20-1)+(1000-1)+(710-1) = 1776

Note that if we were to work out the given numerals in an expanded format or indeed a combination of both abridged and expanded formats then the results would be exactly the same and that for more complicated calculations the Romans would have used an abacus calculating device.

QED

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8y ago