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1 # Roman Numerals 2 3 Write a function to convert from normal numbers to Roman Numerals. 4 5 The Romans were a clever bunch. They conquered most of Europe and ruled 6 it for hundreds of years. They invented concrete and straight roads and 7 even bikinis. One thing they never discovered though was the number 8 zero. This made writing and dating extensive histories of their exploits 9 slightly more challenging, but the system of numbers they came up with 10 is still in use today. For example the BBC uses Roman numerals to date 11 their programmes. 12 13 The Romans wrote numbers using letters - I, V, X, L, C, D, M. (notice 14 these letters have lots of straight lines and are hence easy to hack 15 into stone tablets). 16 17 ``` 18 1 => I 19 10 => X 20 7 => VII 21 ``` 22 23 There is no need to be able to convert numbers larger than about 3000. 24 (The Romans themselves didn't tend to go any higher) 25 26 Wikipedia says: Modern Roman numerals ... are written by expressing each 27 digit separately starting with the left most digit and skipping any 28 digit with a value of zero. 29 30 To see this in practice, consider the example of 1990. 31 32 In Roman numerals 1990 is MCMXC: 33 34 1000=M 35 900=CM 36 90=XC 37 38 2008 is written as MMVIII: 39 40 2000=MM 41 8=VIII 42 43 See also: http://www.novaroma.org/via_romana/numbers.html 44 ## Source 45 46 The Roman Numeral Kata [http://codingdojo.org/cgi-bin/index.pl?KataRomanNumerals](http://codingdojo.org/cgi-bin/index.pl?KataRomanNumerals) 47 48 ## Submitting Incomplete Solutions 49 It's possible to submit an incomplete solution so you can see how others have completed the exercise.