Anonymous asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 1 decade ago

Roman symbol for zero?

What is the Roman Numeral(symbol) for a zero?

10 Answers

  • ami
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago
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    The word zero comes from the Arabic meaning empty or vacant, a literal translation of the Sanskrit śūnya meaning void or empty. The alphabet is Hindu-Arabic where zero came in, not in roman numerals. NOTE: The reason it is called Hindu-Arabic or Arabic is due to the fact that the Islamic culture introduced it to the western cultures. But, the origin of that numeral system is from India.

    In Roman is nulla which is the closest equivalent of zero. There is no symbol.

    The mathematical concept is from ancient India, Brahmagupta was the fellow who is credited for documenting 0 and its use in Algebra.

  • 1 decade ago

    The number systems of ancient cultures (Egyptian Numbers and Roman Numerals Defined) normally did not have a symbol for zero. They got along fine. Their cultures had a concept like zero (none, empty, no money, etc.). But this concept was not even considered a number, just as 1/2 is not a whole number, or infinity is not a number today. But, without a zero digit, they had two problems. Their arithmetic was cumbersome, and they had difficulties representing very large numbers.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Sorry - I'm afraid your first correspondents are improper. The Ancient Romans, nor the Greeks earlier than them had the quantity zero. The quantity, as a illustration of no significance, didn't come into utilization till often 650AD in Indian arithmetic. This date is good after the Roman Empire had disappeared. There is a few proof that might positioned this date as early as 200AD, however that is discipline to hypothesis. The Roman process of numerals without difficulty does now not include a illustration of zero - you are not able to write zero in Roman numerals. See the connected hyperlink for a historical past.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    All the above answers are correct. The ancient Romans had no numeral for zero. However, round about 725 C.E., the Venerable Bede used the letter N (short for nulla, Latin for nothing) in a table made up of Roman numerals to indicate what we'd call a zero. But there's no evidence to suggest that this practice was ever in common use.

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  • carl l
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    There is no Roman symbol for zero. That is an Arabic concept.

  • Guzzy
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    there is no Roman Numeral symbol for 0

  • 1 decade ago

    ther is none. the zero wasn't used by eeuropeans until centuries after roman empire was gone. the zero comes from the arabic numbering system and was in common use before the coming of muhammed in the seventh century,

  • 1 decade ago

    Roman numerals didn't have was invented by Indian mathematicians, and was brought along by mid-eastern traders to the European shores...

  • 1 decade ago

    There was no symbol for zero. It is a concept that was created by mathematicians for use in formulas.

  • 1 decade ago

    romans were not aware of the value of ZERO

    it was 'an indian' who invented zero.

    thanks to INDIA

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