|Centuries:||7th century – 8th century – 9th century|
|Decades:||750s 760s 770s – 780s – 790s 800s 810s|
|Years:||785 786 787 – 788 – 789 790 791|
|788 by topic|
|State leaders – Sovereign states|
|Birth and death categories|
|Births – Deaths|
|Establishment and disestablishment categories|
|Establishments – Disestablishments|
|Ab urbe condita||1541|
|Chinese calendar||丁卯年 (Fire Rabbit)
3484 or 3424
— to —
戊辰年 (Earth Dragon)
3485 or 3425
|- Vikram Samvat||844–845|
|- Shaka Samvat||709–710|
|- Kali Yuga||3888–3889|
|Japanese calendar||Enryaku 7
|Minguo calendar||1124 before ROC
|Seleucid era||1099/1100 AG|
|Thai solar calendar||1330–1331|
Year 788 (DCCLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar. The denomination 788 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.
- September – Battle of Kopidnadon: A Abbasid expeditionary force crosses the Cilician Gates into the Anatolic Theme (modern Turkey). It is confronted by two Byzantine armies at Podandos in Cappadocia who are defeated.
- Byzantine troops led by Adalgis, son of former Lombard king Desiderius, invade in southern Italy. His attempts are thwarted by the Franks who attack territories in Benevento, obtaining notably the annexion of Chieti (Spoleto).
- King Charlemagne conquers Bavaria and incorporates it into the Frankish Kingdom. Duke Tassilo III is deposed and banished to a monastery.
- Grimoald III, Lombard duke of Benevento, is installed as semi-client by king Charles the Younger (son of Charlemagne) at Benevento (Italy).
- The Avars who are allied with Tassilo III invade East Francia (modern Germany). This forms the earlier stage of a Frankish-Avar conflict.
- King Mauregatus of Asturias dies after a 5-year reign and is succeeded by Bermudo I as ruler of Asturias (modern Spain).
- King Ælfwald I of Northumbria is murdered, probably at Chesters, by the patricius (ealdorman) Sicga. He is succeeded by his cousin Osred II.
- Start of the period covered in Adam of Bremen's historical treatise of the Archbishopric of Hamburg.
- Founding of Enryaku-ji temple complex by Saichō, a Buddhist monk, on Mount Hiei in Ōtsu (Japan).
- Adi Shankara, Indian philosopher and theologian (d. 832)
- Aejang, king of Silla (Korea) (d. 809)
- Al-Zubayr ibn Bakkar, Muslim historian (d. 870)
- Ida of Herzfeld, Frankish noblewoman (approximate date)
- Methodios I, patriarch of Constantinople (or 800)
- Abd al-Rahman I, Muslim emir of Córdoba (b. 731)
- Adalgis, king and co-regent of the Lombards
- Ælfwald I, king of Northumbria
- Hnabi, duke of the Alemanni (approximate date)
- Mauregatus, king of Asturias (or 789)
- Mazu Daoyi, Chinese Zen Buddhist monk (b. 709)
- Ōnakatomi no Kiyomaro, Japanese nobleman (b. 702)
- Treadgold 1988, p. 91