Louis 14, not Louis XIV, says Musée Carnavalet

March 18 2021

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Musée Carnavalet in Paris has caused a stir in France by banishing roman numerals from its signs and displays.

The museum says that they present an 'obstacle to understanding' and have been replaced with arabic numerals instead. The Louvre has already removed roman numerals to designate centuries in their galleries along similar lines.

Critics in the French press have highlighted the move as part of an ongoing 'cultural catastrophe', where such things are no longer taught and thus simple eliminated. Other Italian critics have placed the blame not with the public, but with leaders and politicians who judge the publics ability to engage with culture too lowly.

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