PEP 313 - Roman numeral literals

Erik Max Francis max at alcyone.com
Thu Apr 3 01:43:59 CEST 2003


phil hunt wrote:

> The Romans generally preferred not to use the subtractive principle,
> hence: XXXVIIII

According to _Universal History of Numbers_, the subtractive principle
was a relatively recent invention; throughout most of the direct use of
Roman numerals, it wasn't used.

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