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The Dipavamsa (i.e., "Chronicle of the Island"; in Pali: Dīpavaṃsa), is the oldest surviving historical record of Sri Lanka. "The bulk of the work concerns the history of Theravada Buddhism in Sri Lanka."[1] According to The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism, the Dipavamsa provided the "basic contents and outline for the later Mahavamsa."[1]

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:


  1. 1.0 1.1 Buswell & Lopez 2014, s.v. Dīpavaṃsa.