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Rome decides to phase out Roman numerals

Roman numerals, which are currently used on street signs, official documents, bills and identity cards in Rome, are to be phased out because they are ‘too complicated’.

Rome, Italy.
Rome, Italy. Image by Bert Kaufmann / CC BY-SA 2.0

Numbers formerly represented by Roman numerals will now be spelled out fully, so Corso Vittorio Emanuele II will become Corso Vittorio Emanuele Secondo and Via San Pio X will become Via San Pio Decimo. However the changes will be made gradually, as new signage and documents are issued. The move was prompted by the Italian national statistics agency, but has caused consternation among traditionalists. Read more: telegraph.co.uk