## What does IV mean on a clock?

The numerical notation of 4 is IV in Roman numerals. You probably think so, too. However, there are many cases where IIII is used at the 4:00 position on the dial plates of clocks that use Roman numerals.

**Why is the Roman numeral 4 wrong on clocks?**

On Roman clock faces, “IIII” is often used in place of “IV” for the “4 o’clock” (excuse me… 04:00 or 16:00 per ISO9000 🙂 !). This is apparently because “IV” is an abbreviation for “Jupiter” in Roman times. So they decided to use “IIII” so that their public clocks didn’t have “1 2 3 GOD 5…” written on them.

### Why do clock faces have IIII instead of IV?

When Roman numerals were in use by the Roman Empire, the name of the Romans’ supreme deity, Jupiter, was spelled as IVPPITER in Latin. There was a feeling that using the start of Jupiter’s name on a clock dial, and it being upside down where it fell, would be disrespectful to the deity, so IIII was introduced instead.

**What does VI mean on a clock?**

So IV means 4. After V comes a series of additions – VI means 6, VII means 7, VIII means 8. X. X means 10.

#### Is 4 IIII or IV?

Grand Central Station, NYC – IIII to mark 4 o’clock. However, even though it is now widely accepted that 4 must be written IV, the original and most ancient pattern for Roman numerals wasn’t the same as what we know today. Earliest models did, in fact, use VIIII for 9 (instead of IX) and IIII for 4 (instead of IV).

**Is IV 4 in Roman numerals?**

Is it still important to learn Roman numerals?

Arabic | Roman |
---|---|

3 | III |

4 | IV |

5 | V |

6 | VI |

## Why do old clocks have IIII instead of IV after seeing this in the Manila Cathedral?

Looking at ancient artifacts we see Romans using “IIII” instead of “IV”. This means that Roman clock numerals used today are historically valid Roman numerals. The Roman’s used addition and subtraction to make numbers with Latin letters. While they featured “IV” in mathematics, they engraved “IIII” on their sundials.

**What does IX mean in a clock?**

9

English: Clocks with only the Roman numerals III (3), VI (6), IX (9), XII (12).

### What is the Roman numeral 4?

Like the majority of number systems in Antiquity, Roman numerals are written using the additive principle, where I = 1, II = 2, III = 3, IIII = 4, V = 5, (…)

**What is Roman IV?**

For example, 4 is denoted IV, 9 as IX, 40 as XL, etc.

#### What is IV in Roman numerals?

4

Is it still important to learn Roman numerals?

Arabic | Roman |
---|---|

3 | III |

4 | IV |

5 | V |

6 | VI |

**Is IIII wrong?**

## What is 1x Roman numerals?

Roman Numeral Table

I = 1 | XX = 20 | CL = 150 |
---|---|---|

IX = 9 | XXVIII = 28 | CM = 900 |

X = 10 | XXIX = 29 | M = 1000 |

XI = 11 | XXX = 30 | MI = 1001 |

XII = 12 | XL = 40 | MV = 1005 |

**What year is Roman numeral IV?**

A symbol placed before one of greater value subtracts its value; e.g., IV = 4, XL = 40, and CD = 400. A bar placed over a number multiplies its value by 1,000.

### What is IV 4?

Roman Numerals

# | RN |
---|---|

3 | III |

4 | IV |

5 | V |

6 | VI |

**Is IV or IIII correct?**