How clever were the Romans? (24 Aug, 2021)

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How clever were the Romans? (24 Aug, 2021)

Postby aardvark_admin » Tue Aug 24, 2021 9:06 am

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How fascinating is the use of Roman numerals to represent numeric values?

Imagine how difficult it would have been to perform basic math using RNs?

How proficient are you with the RN system?

Why do movies and TV shows still often use RN for copyright dates?

Had you ever stopped to think about the points raised in today's column before?
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Re: How clever were the Romans? (24 Aug, 2021)

Postby hagfish » Tue Aug 24, 2021 9:33 am

With movies form the last few years of last century, it can take a bit of mind-mangling. With movies from the first few years of this century, it's not too tricky. And hooray for Arabic numerals!
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Re: How clever were the Romans? (24 Aug, 2021)

Postby Kiwiiano » Tue Aug 24, 2021 10:03 am

The challenge is to read the RN when the bloody stupid TV oiks squash the credits into a slim field to the left and scroll them thru @ 2x speed. Even with a recording and pausing it’s pretty pointless. Why bother? Are they under a legal obligation to show the credits, even if they are unreadable?
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Re: How clever were the Romans? (24 Aug, 2021)

Postby Kiwiiano » Tue Aug 24, 2021 10:17 am

Thinking of clever Romans, we watched a ChoiceTV program last night about a Roman attack on a British fort just NW of Hadrian’s Wall and the ensuing massacre. The archeologists working on the site were initially puzzled by a layer of vast numbers of stone, clay and lead balls across the site. They identified them as ordinance from the battle. The large stone and lead balls would kill a human on impact. The smaller (~billiard sized) balls had a curious, precise 4mm wide x 5mm deep hole in each one. They figured out they were designed to whistle as they flew thru the air, to demoralize the enemy, much like the sirens on the front of Stuka dive bombers. There were also a lot of similar iron items that were initially puzzling until they realised they were the tip of a bolt from a prototype crossbow that was extraordinarily powerful and remarkably accurate for the time. Records from the time described men in armor pinned to a tree by the bolts. The Roman military didn’t shag about.
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Re: How clever were the Romans? (24 Aug, 2021)

Postby phill » Tue Aug 24, 2021 1:56 pm

I V X L C
well LC = L
and
IVX = VI
errr
i think
( ,,,,,,,, ....... A E I O U use em sparingly theres probably not enough )

i might live and eat in a sewer .. but hey look how many of these shiny things i have got
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Re: How clever were the Romans? (24 Aug, 2021)

Postby Perry » Tue Aug 24, 2021 4:47 pm

Bruce wrote:Ah... isn't amazing what idle minds will come up with during a lock-down :-)

Indeed.

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Re: How clever were the Romans? (24 Aug, 2021)

Postby phill » Tue Aug 24, 2021 5:32 pm

that wasn't the engineers
that was the accountants and politicians
( ,,,,,,,, ....... A E I O U use em sparingly theres probably not enough )

i might live and eat in a sewer .. but hey look how many of these shiny things i have got
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Re: How clever were the Romans? (24 Aug, 2021)

Postby cjet » Wed Aug 25, 2021 5:18 am

I = 1
V= 5
X=10
Where they made their mistake
VX=V
II=O or 2
IV=4
Not logically consistent.
Better
0=0
I=1
I0=X
If only they thought of
IIII=4
Those lazy barstards
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Re: How clever were the Romans? (24 Aug, 2021)

Postby cjet » Wed Aug 25, 2021 5:22 am

0I
0II
0III0IIII
0V
0VI
0VII
0VIiI
0VIIII
0X or I0
II ops fu&kup
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Re: How clever were the Romans? (24 Aug, 2021)

Postby cjet » Wed Aug 25, 2021 5:24 am

0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13

That is better
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