I’m probably the only one in the world who didn’t know about this. . .but you can translate Roman numerals into arabic here!
That’s how I figured out MCMXXXVIII was 1938.
Why do I want to know such things? To find out if my main character could have read a particular book whose copyright date was in Roman numerals.
She couldn’t have: the story takes place in 1927.
Just read The Two Bobbies to my boys today. It was lovely.
You could also just ask me. Roman numerals and parsing sentences are just two of the really important, relevant things I learned in Catholic school.
Karen, now I know!!! I can remember the smaller numbers but I always get mixed up on M, C and L. Did they teach you any tricks for keeping these straight in school?