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Currency and Commerce

Roman trade was the engine that drove the economy of the late Roman Republic and the early Roman Empire. The intricate, complex, and extensive accounting of Roman trade was conducted with counting boards and the Roman abacus. The abacus, using Roman numerals, was ideally suited to the counting of Roman currency and tallying of Roman measures.

Roman Numbers

The numbers that we use are called Arabic numbers, as the Eupropeans learnt them from the Arabs, although they were invented in India. Romans had a completely different number system.