In Roman numerals, the year 1988 is written as MCMLXXXVIII. The number is formed by adding the values and symbols of Roman numerals together to reach the total numerical value.
In Roman numerals, I symbolizes 1, V symbolizes 5, X symbolizes 10, L symbolizes 50, C symbolizes 100, D symbolizes 500 and M symbolizes 1,000. In MCMLXXXVIII, the first M symbolizes a value of 1000. The CM symbolizes 900 by subtracting 100 from 1,000, as it involves a smaller number preceding a larger one. Added together, MCM is equal to 1900. The remaining Roman numerals add up to equal 88.