To convert the number 2008 to Roman numerals, we must first divide it into its constituent parts.

Letters are used to represent numbers in the Roman numeral system. I, V, X, L, C, D, and M are the basic symbols that represent the numbers 1, 5, 10, 50, 100, 500, and 1000, respectively.

To convert 2008 to Roman numerals, begin with the thousands place. Because 2008 is greater than 1000, we use the 1000 (M) symbol twice to represent 2000:

MM

Then we look at the hundreds location. Because 2008 is greater than 2000, we use the 1000 symbol (M) followed by the 100 symbol (C) to represent 2000 plus 100, which is 2100:

MMC

The tens place is next on the list. Because 2008 is greater than 2000, we use the symbol for 1000 (M), 50 (L), and 10 (X) to represent 2000 plus 50 plus 8 tens, which is 2050 + 50 + 8 x 10 = 1280:

MMCMLXXX

Finally, we examine the one position. Because 2008 is greater than 2000, we use the symbol for 1000 (M), followed by the symbol for 5 (V), and the symbol for three ones (III) to represent 2000 plus five plus three, which is 2008:

MMCMLVIII

As a result, the Roman numeral for 2008 is MMCMLVIII.

It’s worth noting that the way Roman numerals are written varies, and different sources may use slightly different forms or conventions. The basic principles outlined above, however, should suffice to convert most numbers to Roman numerals.