Dīpavaṃsa (Pali, lit. "Chronicle of the Island"), is the oldest surviving historical record of Sri Lanka. "The bulk of the work concerns the history of Theravada Buddhism in Sri Lanka." According to The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism, the Dipavamsa provided the "basic contents and outline for the later Mahāvaṃsa."
The Dipavamsa is believed to be compiled from earlier sources around the 3-4th century. It contains the earliest Pali accounts of the Indian emporer Ashoka, who was a great patron of Buddhism.
The Dipavamsa was translated into English by Hermann Oldenberg in 1879:
- The Dîpavaṃsa: An Ancient Buddhist Historical Record, edited and translated by Hermann Oldenberg. London, Williams and Norgate, 1879.
- Buswell & Lopez 2014, s.v. Dīpavaṃsa.