III. The classical outline has a set format. The first level is numbered by Roman numerals. The ancient Romans wrote numbers with these cumbersome numerals; our modern numerals come from the Arabs. A. The second level is numbered with upper case letters (also called capitals, or majuscules). If you needed letters past "Z", you would use "AA", "AB", and so on. B. By convention, there must be at least two entries at each level. If there is only one, it should be combined with the higher level that includes it. In this part of the outline, I'll ignore that rule, so that I can show you the numbering at each level. 1. The third level is numbered with Arabic numerals. a. The fourth level is numbered with lower case letters ("small", or minuscule). i. The fifth level is numbered with lower case Roman numerals (ironically, the Romans didn't have lower case letters). ii. After the fifth level, you're on your own. C. Classical outlines are of two forms. 1. Sentence outlines consist of complete sentences (ending with periods). 2. Topic outlines consist of words or phrases, not complete sentences.
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