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Old 09-01-2011, 06:06 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by Jellby View Post
I know it looks weird, but it's not a mistake. Historically, there has been some variation in the way of writing Roman numerals, and using "IIII" for 4 has been one of the variants. Most clock dials with Roman numbers, for instance, have "IIII" instead of "IV". In this book I used "IIII" because that's what the first edition had.
Very true. The reason that most clocks use "IIII" is for symmetry with the "VIIII" on the opposite side of the dial. Not all do, though; the clock of "Big Ben" in London (yes, I know that's not really the name of the clock, before anyone says it ) has "IV".
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