Marking out numbers in this way is a regular feature of Latin script, the intention being no doubt to alert the reader to the fact that i, l, x etc. are not to be treated as letters but as figures.
Bowman, A. and Thomas, D. 1994. “The Vindolanda Writing Tablets (Tabulae Vindolandenses II)”, London: British Museum Press
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- Open it to page 56.
- Find the fifth sentence.
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