# Romans did not have a numeral for zero; they were using the word: 'nulla'.

## Latest conversions of Arabic numbers to Roman numerals

 956,889 = (C)(M)(L)(V)MDCCCLXXXIX Apr 19 14:42 UTC (GMT) 0 = nulla - Romans did not have a numeral for zero; they were using the word: 'nulla'. Apr 19 14:42 UTC (GMT) 260,376 = (C)(C)(L)(X)CCCLXXVI Apr 19 14:42 UTC (GMT) 260,374 = (C)(C)(L)(X)CCCLXXIV Apr 19 14:42 UTC (GMT) 120,000 = (C)(X)(X) Apr 19 14:42 UTC (GMT) 51,849 = (L)MDCCCXLIX Apr 19 14:42 UTC (GMT) 100,025 = (C)XXV Apr 19 14:42 UTC (GMT) 11,685 = (X)MDCLXXXV Apr 19 14:42 UTC (GMT) 128,473 = (C)(X)(X)(V)MMMCDLXXIII Apr 19 14:42 UTC (GMT) 45 = XLV Apr 19 14:42 UTC (GMT) 4,571 = M(V)DLXXI Apr 19 14:42 UTC (GMT) 128,469 = (C)(X)(X)(V)MMMCDLXIX Apr 19 14:42 UTC (GMT) 919 = CMXIX Apr 19 14:42 UTC (GMT) converted numbers, see more...

## The set of basic symbols of the Roman system of writing numerals

• ### (*) M = 1,000,000 or |M| = 1,000,000 (one million); see below why we prefer this notation: (M) = 1,000,000.

(*) These numbers were written with an overline (a bar above) or between two vertical lines. Instead, we prefer to write these larger numerals between brackets, ie: "(" and ")", because:

• 1) when compared to the overline - it is easier for the computer users to add brackets around a letter than to add the overline to it and
• 2) when compared to the vertical lines - it avoids any possible confusion between the vertical line "|" and the Roman numeral "I" (1).

(*) An overline (a bar over the symbol), two vertical lines or two brackets around the symbol indicate "1,000 times". See below...

Logic of the numerals written between brackets, ie: (L) = 50,000; the rule is that the initial numeral, in our case, L, was multiplied by 1,000: L = 50 => (L) = 50 × 1,000 = 50,000. Simple.

(*) At the beginning Romans did not use numbers larger than 3,999; as a result they had no symbols in their system for these larger numbers, they were added on later and for them various different notations were used, not necessarily the ones we've just seen above.

Thus, initially, the largest number that could be written using Roman numerals was:

• MMMCMXCIX = 3,999.