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Why do we learn Roman Numerals (or do you say Numbers) in school, but not Latin?

(In case you were wondering about the difference between a number and a numeral, here’s what I found: “A number is an abstract concept while a numeral is a symbol used to express that number.” STILL wondering, eh? Math. So very valuable, yet so very misunderstood.)

Latin may be a dead language, but those damn numerals are kept alive by the NFL every Super Bowl, fittingly enough since the game involves gladiators in a ring. Perhaps the Games are numbered as such as a tribute to Rome.

In researching this, it appears that in fact, some schools are fazing out teaching Roman Numerals, but the NFL is spear-heading a drive (pun intended) to “Keep The Numerals Alive.” To be a true tribute to the Romans the NFL should go all-the-way in 2016 (Super Bowl L) and name the game, “Venatio Magnus XLVII”

Speaking of the Roman Empire and its ultimate demise in 476 AD (which ironically was the last time the Chicago Cubs went to a World Series), I recently read an article about the causes of the Fall of the Roman Empire (or do you say autumn). (1)

Here are just some of them:

• Antagonism between the Senate and the Emperor
• Decline in Morals
• Political Corruption and the Praetorian Guard
• Constant Wars and Heavy Military Spending
• Barbarian Knowledge of Roman Military Tactics
• Failing Economy
• Unemployment of the Working Classes
• The ‘Mob’ and the cost of the ‘Games’

Does any of this sound familiar?

So if we are to learn from the mistakes of Rome, we must continue to keep the Roman Numeral alive. If we stop teaching them, then we may suffer the same fate as the dinosaurs.

I gotta think the dinosaurs would gladly have loved a forewarning like this. (Sorry I wasn’t there for you guys.) Happy they were traipsing about America, some eating plants, some eating cavemen, wondering if an animated movie about them would be a success, when BANG an asteroid hits and no more dinosaurs.

So I dedicate this one to those dinosaurs in Washington DC who have shut down the government since the beginning of the month. The Cantagreeosaures. (Read it closely)
Perhaps one day they will become extinct.

Sumus populus. E pluribus unum.
Word.

FOOTNOTES:
(1) Books have been written about this, but if you want to read the article and get further information (or should I say get the IV-I-I) here it is: http://www.tribunesandtriumphs.org/roman-empire/causes-for-the-fall-of-the-roman-empire.htm

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