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Roman Candles …

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Something different for your next birthday cake.

“Friends, Romans, celebrants, lend me your ears.  Are you sick of counting all those passing years the conventional way?  Slow the chariot down and start counting the Roman way.  Roman candles are easy and fun, and doesn’t “L” look a lot better than “50”?

With these 4 characters – I (1), V (5), X (10) and L (50) you can represent any age through 89.  Letters are arranged from left to right in order of decreasing value.  The total number is calculated by simply adding the numerical value of all the letters.  For example, 55 is represented by an L (50) and a V (5).  Sometimes it’s not that simple.  Those tricky Romans placed smaller numbers in front of larger numbers to indicate subtraction rather than addition.  For example, while VI means 6, IV means 4.  You would never put more than one smaller number in front of a larger number to subtract. (HUH) ! For example, 3 is not IIV but rather III.  More examples IX (9), XXIII (23), XXXVIII (38), LI (51), XIV (64) LXXVII (76) and LXXIX (89)”

What would you be in Roman Numerals?  I’m LXVIII.

Here’s an example of the candles being used recently for Chappy’s 9th birthday.

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Author: mvobsession

I'm married, I have two daughters and two grandchildren and they all love MV. Enjoy my MV blog and contact me if I can answer any questions. This blog started out as strictly about Martha's Vineyard but over the years I've branched out to include other obsessions and interests. I enjoy photography and like sharing my photos here as well. Hope you enjoy :)

One thought on “Roman Candles …

  1. How very cool 🙂 Never seen them!

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