Year 488 (CDLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar. At the time, it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Ecclesius and Sividius (or, less frequently, year 1241 Ab urbe condita). The denomination 488 for this year has been used since the early medieval period, when the Anno Domini calendar era became the prevalent method in Europe for naming years.
|Ab urbe condita||1241|
|Balinese saka calendar||409–410|
|Chinese calendar||丁卯年 (Fire Rabbit)|
3184 or 3124
— to —
戊辰年 (Earth Dragon)
3185 or 3125
|- Vikram Samvat||544–545|
|- Shaka Samvat||409–410|
|- Kali Yuga||3588–3589|
|Iranian calendar||134 BP – 133 BP|
|Islamic calendar||138 BH – 137 BH|
|Minguo calendar||1424 before ROC|
|Seleucid era||799/800 AG|
|Thai solar calendar||1030–1031|
614 or 233 or −539
— to —
615 or 234 or −538
- Emperor Zeno regains power from the usurper Leontius and the Isaurian patrician Illus, who are captured and executed, ending a 4-year rebellion (see 484).
- Zeno orders Theodoric the Great to overthrow his rival Odoacer, who has established himself as king of Italy (see 476). He marches with an Ostrogoth army to the West.
- According to the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, Hengist dies and is succeeded by his son Oisc as king of Kent.
- The East Roman Emperor Zeno tasks the King of the Ostrogoths, Theoderic the Great, with conducting a campaign against Odoacer, whom he initially had recognised as his representative in Italy.
- Among the peoples who live on the south bank of the Danube in Noricum ripense and who are de facto ruled by the Rugii, whose empire has its centre near Krems on the north bank, are Romii who had been evacuated earlier from Danube settlements above the River Enns. They include members of the Severin convent. Because some of the Rugii want to fight for East Rome against Odoacer, they destroy the Rugian Empire and allow the Romii to be evacuated to Italy by his brother, Hunulf, in order to prevent the re-establishment of the Rugian Empire by a surviving prince. The northern Danubian Limes of the Roman Empire are effectively abandoned. Even the relics of Severinus of Noricum are carried with them.
- The Gepids capture Belgrade.
- Peter the Fuller is succeeded by Palladius as patriarch of Antioch.
- Fravitta becomes patriarch of Constantinople.