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Roman numerals, the numeric system used in ancient Rome, employs combinations of letters from the Latin alphabet to signify values. The Roman numeral system is a cousin of Etruscan numerals. Use of Roman numerals continued after the decline of the Roman Empire. From the 14th century on, Roman numerals began to be replaced in most contexts by more convenient Hindu-Arabic numerals.

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The Roman Alphabet is also known as the "Latin Alphabet". It is the most widely used alphabetic system in the world, the script of the English and most European language. It is developed from the Etruscan alphabet before 600 BC. It can be traced through the Etruscan, Greek, and Phoenician scripts.

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from Print Magazine

The Vintage Speedball Textbook

Speedball Text Book” booklet written by Ross F.George, 1941. How to use the Speedball pens to do Roman Caps.

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from Designer Daily: graphic and web design blog

Times New Roman composition

Though all the text is the same font, the sheer size and weight of the larger letters allows them to dominate the design. The smaller tests in some places supports the larger text making it all the more dominant.

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