Drag the jigsaw pieces onto the frame so that the Roman numerals are in order from smallest to largest.
Level 1 - 6 by 5 grid starting at 1
Level 2 - 6 by 6 grid starting at a number between 3 and 9
Level 3 - 7 by 7 grid starting at a number between 33 and 49
Level 4 - 8 by 7 grid starting at a number between 70 and 88
Level 5 - 8 by 8 grid starting at a number between 450 and 470
See alse the Roman Numerals Quiz.
If you aren't an expert on Roman numerals here is an explanation:
Numbers are formed by combining symbols together. So II is two ones, i.e. 2, and XIII is a ten and three ones, i.e. 13. There is no zero in this system, so 207, for example, is CCVII, using the symbols for two hundreds, a five and two ones. 1066 is MLXVI, one thousand, fifty and ten, a five and a one.
Symbols are placed from left to right in order of value, starting with the largest. However, in a few specific cases, to avoid four characters being repeated in succession (such as IIII or XXXX) these can be reduced using subtractive notation as follows:
Explanation adapted from the Wikepedia article on Roman numerals.
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